Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Almond Frangipane Tart with Sesaonal Red Berries‏

When I had the buffet lunch at Greenhouse, one of the desserts that leave a strong impression is the Almond Frangipane Tart.

It was also The Sunday Times' article that prompts me to write an enquiry to Ritz Carlton and I realize the hotel do offer take-aways for cakes, desserts, chocolate truffles & pralines, cookies and even macarons.

Anyway, those who have tried the desserts at Greenhouse will know the standard of their pastries and I believe I do not have to elaborate further why I have been ordering cakes to share with my family. Their service is prompt, personalized and the quality of cakes have never disappoint my family members.

Almond Frangipane Tart with Sesaonal Red Berries‏

For no special ocassion, one must be wondering why I have ordered a whole tart. Apart from random reading on pâte sucrée (French for Sweet Dough, or more commonly known as "tart" dough), chancing upon a blog that talks about Frangipane (refers a sweetened almond filling used in tarts and pastries) instantly stir my memories for this tart and I simply can't wait to lay my hands on it.

Almond Frangipane Tart with Sesaonal Red Berries‏

From the picture, the components of the tart is clearly revealed. Since the tart base (pâte sucrée) uses cold butter in the recipe, one can expect the pastry to be crisp (i.e. melted butter will result in pastry that is not crisp). The textured almond filling, made of butter and ground almond mixture, provides a soft macaron-like filling. Overall, one can expect the combination of fresh berries, mingled with custard cream and almond filling, on a crisp tart to be indsecribably delicious. Lots of sugar, I would say but satisfy a sweet tooth completely.

Yuan is one that prefers chocolate in general and is never a fan of tarts. Surprisingly, this baby kind of impressed him. Not for the tart pastry which he felt was not buttery enough but rather for the almond frangipane. In his words: "If you like the almond fragrance, you will like this tart" Further the glaze on the berries made it sweet thus appeal to those who dislike berries for their sourness.

Note that Greenhouse serve their dessert buffet based on themed (e.g. Apple themed in May, Strawberry themed in June 2010) so I was indeed lucky to have this during the buffet. Also, Ritz Carlton sells their cakes/pastries as a whole and this is not available in sliced. Pre-ordering is required and collection is done at Greenhouse. Lastly, a whole Almond Frangipane Tart (20cm) will cost $60+ (serving 8 pax).

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799
Tel: 6434 5288


ice said...

This is one tart I may never get to try sigh. fen, you might have overlooked it in the past, but Canele does make a couple of pastries & tarts with frangipane. Mont Blanc & fruit tarts are some, even tarte citron too. (:

HungryTrotters said...

love your pictures, dear :)

Fen said...

Ice: Come on, there may be better tarts out there waiting to be discovered...

Quite surprised I missed out the tarts at Canele. Somehow or rather, they look too sweet or sour to me. Will give Le Grenier a Pain & Canele a shot when I am well...

HungryTrotter: Thank you for your compliment =)

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