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frangipane n : pastry with a creamy almond-flavored filling

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English

Noun

  1. A cream made from ground almonds used in confectionary
  2. A pastry filled with this cream

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Extensive Definition

See Frangipane (disambiguation) for non-dessert uses of the word
Frangipane is used commonly to refer to a filling tasting of almonds or made from almonds. This filling can be used in a variety of ways including cakes, tarts and other assorted pastries. An alternative French spelling from a 1674 cookbook is franchipane with earliest modern spelling coming from a 1732 confectioners' dictionary. Originally designated as a custard tart that is flavored by almonds or pistachios it came later to designate a filling that could be used in a variety of confections and baked goods. There is an unclear linguistic connection between frangipani the flower; Frangipani, the nobleman perfume maker to King Louis XIII of France and the food product.
Frangipane can also refer to:
  1. A custard filling flavored with almonds and/or crushed macaroons.
  2. A Belgian almond pastry tart. Usually the individual cakes have a striped pattern on top, occasionally with icing (looks a little like a hot cross bun from above).
  3. Frangipane tree as in John Vanderslice's song Kookaburra

References

  • Oxford Companion to Food (1999) “Frangipane” p. 316
frangipane in French: Frangipane
frangipane in Dutch: Frangipane
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