Definition of frangipane in English:



mass noun
  • 1An almond-flavoured cream or paste.

    • ‘Her view is that frangipane originally meant a ‘cream’ flavoured simply with almond and used in the construction of various cakes; but later, by a natural extension, the confections made with the cream.’
    • ‘It's worth waiting the 15 minutes required for his chocolate Pithiviers, a crisp igloo shape of hot, thin puff pastry, filled with warm, soft bitter chocolate and almond frangipane, served with an elegant coffee bean sauce.’
    • ‘A perfectly worthy, if dull, strudel tart cried out for a layer of seasonal apples or pears to complement its buttery pastry, almond frangipane and dry, crumbly topping.’
    • ‘Certain items like those filled with butter cream or frangipanes are less popular than they use to be.’
    • ‘Spread this almond frangipane mixture into the flan case, then dot cherries here and there over the top, pressing them into the frangipane.’
    • ‘The apple, blackcurrant and elderflower smoothie sounded good, but far too healthy for me, as did the pear and almond frangipane tart.’
    • ‘The pastry was delicately flaky, rich and buttery but not overwhelmingly so, and the frangipane was soft, flavorful and simply marvellous.’
    • ‘This frangipane is basically equal parts almonds, sugar and butter held together with eggs.’
    • ‘The pear and frangipane tart needed more pear, but its almond frangipane was moistly satisfying and its pastry had the almost sandy crumbliness which is the hallmark of good shortcrust.’
    • ‘It's hard to do justice to the succulence of the pears in light frangipane sponge, encased in triumphant, well-fired, crunchy pastry.’
    • ‘This caught the imagination of the pastry cooks of the day, who created various pastry creams involving eggs, butter, flour and almonds which became known as frangipane.’
    • ‘The feathered design of almond and chocolate frangipanes gives a flare to this seemingly simple dessert.’
    • ‘Bakewell tart, with a non-sweet pastry base, layer of strawberry jam and frangipane topping is a classic English tart loosely related to the less common but more historically interesting Bakewell Pudding.’
    • ‘Spread the frangipane on the dough, keeping it 1 1/2 inches away from the edge.’
    • ‘He urged me to try the day's fresh tart: pear poached in white wine with frangipane.’
    • ‘Cover with the frangipane (but don't fill to the brim) and cook until it has risen and turned golden.’
    1. 1.1 A cake or pastry filled with frangipane.


Late 17th century: from French, named after the Marquis Muzio Frangipani (see frangipani). The term originally denoted the frangipani shrub or tree, the perfume of which is said to have been used to flavour the almond cream.