Just as the Bake Off starts to really step up and move towards the final stages, I head back to university and have to adapt my inspired bakes each week to work with a smaller kitchen, fewer baking accessories and busy days.
So I'm going to be honest right from the beginning. I used shop bought pastry this week... definitely a bit of a cheat in pastry week! Ordinarily I'd have been up for making my own short crust pastry, but I was baking after lectures with not much time between leaving the lecture hall and friends arriving at the flat.
I chose to bake a classic frangipane this week, using this Mary Berry recipe. I don't think I've ever eaten a frangipane tart before, let alone baked one, so I was playing it safe by sticking to a simple recipe rather than playing around with new flavours. And actually, I'm glad I did because this simple recipe was delicious! I love almonds and almond based bakes, so frangipane is a perfect treat and certainly something I'd try again.
I also love how stunning you can make a frangipane look simply with the apricot jam glaze - the shininess over the fruit makes it look incredibly tempting.
I served this frangipane when a few friends came round for a evening of catching up this week, alongside a delicious marbled cheesecake brownie made by my flatmate. Food, tea and chatting - perfect way to spend a midweek evening!