Classic Frangipane

The classic French frangipane is made by preparing a pastry cream and almond cream separately and then mixing the two. This will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup skim milk

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup almond meal

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract, or to taste


  1. Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  2. Beat 1/4 cup sugar, egg, and egg yolk together until foamy. Add flour and slowly pour in hot milk, beating constantly until smooth and no lumps remain.

  3. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, beating constantly to avoid any lumps, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  4. Add butter and stir until melted. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, almond meal, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Let cool, stirring every so often to prevent a skin from forming.

  5. Once cooled, use it right away or refrigerate until ready to use.

Cook's Notes:

You can use finely ground almonds in place of almond meal.

Frangipane will firm up after cooling. If you want to use it to pipe it onto a cake with a pastry bag and it is too soft, chill it for about 1 hour, or until it has the right consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 164mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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