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Almond Cream

Almond cream is an easy and classic French recipe! It is the filling for almond croissants, tarts and many other traditional French pastries!

Almond cream is an easy and classic French recipe! It is the filling for almond croissants, tarts and many other traditional French pastries!

We were about 2 days into the tart unit at culinary school when we made almond cream for the first time. Up until this point I had no idea how the almond filling for my favorite French pastries was made. It just seemed like magic.

That first batch of almond cream was destined to be the filling for a tarte bourdaloue and after one bite all the memories from years of traveling and living in France flooded back to me like an almond flavored stream of happiness.

In that moment, I knew I had made the right choice. All of my doubt about the risks of changing careers and moving to a new city in my 30’s evaporated.

Magical.
The flavor still has that effect on me. True story.

Feeling inspired yet?

I would also say that it is the easiest of all the recipes in classic French patisserie. It is a simple creaming method like a cookie dough and there are only 5 necessary ingredients.

The rum is technically optional but, unless you have a real reason to omit it, don’t because it adds that je ne sais quoi.

Almond cream is an easy and classic French recipe! It is the filling for almond croissants, tarts and many other traditional French pastries!

The only real thing that you need to know about almond cream is that you have to bake it.
Everything else is just fluff.

You can use it immediately or refrigerate it for up to 7 days, which makes it easy to pull together a fantastic dessert in a flash!

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Almond Cream


Ingredients

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  • 125 g Butter (room temperature, 9 Tablespoons)
  • 125 g Sugar (½ cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 125 g Almond flour (1 ¼ cups)
  • 75 g Eggs (approximately 1 ½ eggs (sorry!))
  • 15 g Cornstarch (4 teaspoons)
  • 15 g Rum (optional)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the eggs in several additions, beating well after each.
  3. Add the almond flour and the cornstarch, mixing well.
  4. Add the rum and mix to combine.

Notes

Use immediately or Keep refrigerated. This can be make up to 7 days in advance.
Must be baked!!!

2 Comments

  • Steve Patnaude
    January 22, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Outstanding Almond Cream recipe. So much better than using almond paste. I was thinking of using puff pastry sheet to create an almond cream danish. Quick question: will it work to put together the danish today, then cover it & put in fridge to bake in the morning or should I just do it up today & enjoy it tomorrow?

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    • Lindsey
      January 23, 2021 at 11:06 am

      Hi Steve! Thank you! You can absolutely make it ahead of time, keep it in the fridge (or freezer) and then bake when you want it fresh.

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