Hi, guys! The weekend is almost upon us so I thought it would be the perfect time to share the latest post in my Bright Bakes series. This one is seriously tasty, so don’t say I didn’t warn you when you’re making your way back to the cake tin for a second (third?!) helping! This was my first time making a frangipane but it’s quickly become one of my favourites thanks to it’s moist texture and sweet flavour. Here’s the how-to:

1. Roll out your chilled sweetcrust pastry into a circle 2mm thick. Pick the pastry up by draping it over a rolling pin and place it inside a 23cm tart tin. Be sure to push the pastry into the corners and trim the excess off the top. Prick the base and sides of the pastry with a fork then place a screwed up piece of baking parchment over the pastry before chilling in the freezer for 10 minutes.

2. Take the tart tin with the pastry in out of the freezer and pour in the baking beans. Next, put it in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry starts to go a pale golden colour. Remove the baking beans and parchment.

3. Meanwhile you can make the filling by beating together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and ground almonds until the mixture is light and fluffy. Put the mixture into the pastry case and smooth it out before placing the apricot halves equally around the tart with the rounded sides facing upwards. Place the frangipane back into the oven for 50-60 minutes until golden.

4. Once cooked, take the tart out of the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before taking it out and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

// Photography by Will Taylor | Recipe adapted from Home Baking by Jo Wheatley


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Oh dear that sounds and looks too good! Great images Will, especially your interactive one (sorry – I know there’s a name for it!). Mel x

  2. This looks absolutely delicious, unfortunately due to an illness I am now totally gluten free, I would love for you to post a gluten free recipe.

    Lee 🙂

  3. This looks so wonderful and delicious, Will! I just love the pictures! You know what I did the other day? In a hurry, as always, I forgot the paper underneath the baking beans and only noticed when the tarte was already baked. It was quite a job to get them out of it, you can imagine 😉



  4. how fun! never knew about the baking beans and I love them! so it is a two-step process hey Mr? Maybe I will have to get Chris to bake me one this weekend!

    It is PRIDE in Toronto this weekend! Happy PRIDE + LOVEisLOVE!!


    • @Tim – Yep, you need to bake the pastry with the beans on top before you add the filling and bake it again.

      Enjoy Pride – it’s in London this weekend, too! 🙂 x

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.