French Almond Cream (Crème D’amandes) & Why You Should Know How to Make It

Quick & Easy French Almond Cream - just add ingredients to the bowl & Whisk. Great for filling Pastries, Tarts, Croissants & Toast. by Let the Baking Begin!

Quick & Easy French Almond Cream, also known as Creme D’amandes or Frangipane is made with almonds as it’s base & there plenty of reasons why you should know how to make it. They can be utilized in so many recipes and eaten so many ways, that it’s pretty important to know such basics.

French Almond Creme is a cream made of almonds, eggs, sugar and sometimes flour. In France and many French style bakeries or Boulangeries around the world you will see it as a great addition to a large variety of pastries. This filling can be used to fill tarts (check out this Pineapple & Almond Cream Tart, or this Pear & Almond Cream Tart , cakes and pastries or leftover stale croissants for a decadent breakfast. Or how about toast? Did you know you can make stuffed toast with French Almond Cream? Yeap. It’s true. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar or drown it syrup and breakfast fit for a king is served. Almond Cream also pairs well with fruits, making this it a perfect companion to whatever berry or fruit is in season… or not. I use it together with berries I have in the freezer for a fresh pop of summer in winter or late fall when berries are no longer in season. So the first reason why you should know know how to make French Almond Cream? Because its just one single recipe, but has numerous uses.

Should we talk about how it’s made with nuts and nuts are good for you? With all of it’s vitamin E, calcium, protein (did you know that of all the tree nuts, almonds are highest in protein) and fiber, you just might feel better about that stuffed croissant that you ate for breakfast. Fine, may be all the butter overrides the benefit factor, but still – it’s got nuts!

One more reason. Actually, instead of having to tell you about it,  just scroll down and look at the steps involved in making it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here.….Did you see it? It’s got a whole 2 steps. Add to the bowl and whisk until fluffy. That. Is. It. On the list of easiest dessert fillings, it ranks pretty high up there. This recipe is eaaasy-peaaasy. Now go ahead and stock up on almonds or almond flour. Once you try it, you will want to fill everything with it! I’ll go back and reveal the mystery dessert that I posted on Instagram. Enjoy!

French Almond Cream

Ingredients:
125 g unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temperature,

3/4 cup ground almonds

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

How to make French Almond Cream:

Add all ingredients to a bowl of a mixer.

Quick & Easy French Almond Cream - just add ingredients to the bowl & Whisk. Great for filling Pastries, Tarts, Croissants & Toast. by Let the Baking Begin!

Beat on medium  and then high speed until fluffy and thoroughly combined.

Quick & Easy French Almond Cream - just add ingredients to the bowl & Whisk. Great for filling Pastries, Tarts, Croissants & Toast. by Let the Baking Begin!

To fill small pastries or tarts, transfer cream to a ziplock bag, close it, snip the tip off and fill.

Quick & Easy French Almond Cream - just add ingredients to the bowl & Whisk. Great for filling Pastries, Tarts, Croissants & Toast. by Let the Baking Begin! Note:
To use as a tart filling: blind bake the tart. Allow it to cool. Fill with this filling and bake for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the filling has puffed all the way in the center. To make a berry tart, sprinkle with berries after filling the tart with Almond Cream, before sending it to the oven.
To use as French Toast Stuffing: sandwich a heaping tablespoon of filling between 2 slices of bread. Soak the sandwich in an egg & sugar mixture. Cook on both sides over medium heat in a buttered skillet, until golden crust forms.

Tips:
*Use different nuts instead of almonds, for different flavored fillings. Just replace the full amount of almond four with whatever the type of nut flour you want to use.
**If you do not have almond flour, process the nuts with sugar in a blender until fine. Do not over process or you will get almond butter.

French Almond Cream (Creme D'amandes) & Why You Should Know How to Make It

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

  • 125 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature,
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl of a mixer.
  2. Beat on medium and then high speed until fluffy and thoroughly combined.
  3. To fill small pastries or tarts, transfer cream to a ziplock bag, close it, snip the tip off and fill.

Notes

To use as a tart filling: blind bake the tart. Allow it to cool. Fill with this filling and bake for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the filling has puffed all the way in the center.
To make a berry tart, sprinkle with berries after filling the tart with Almond Cream, before sending it to the oven.

To use as French Toast Stuffing: sandwich a heaping tablespoon of filling between 2 slices of bread. Soak the sandwich in an egg & sugar mixture. Cook on both sides over medium heat in a buttered skillet, until golden crust forms.

Tips:
*Use different nuts instead of almonds, for different flavored fillings. Just replace the full amount of almond four with whatever the type of nut flour you want to use.
**If you do not have almond flour, process the nuts with sugar in a blender until fine. Do not over process or you will get almond butter.

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