is used commonly to refer to a filling made from almonds or that tastes like 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.
It is supposed that this is a kind of sweet a noblewoman Jacopa da Settesoli brought to St. Francis of Assisi, when he was dying in 1226.
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:
- A custard filling flavored with almonds and/or crushed macaroons.
- 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).
- Frangipane tree as in John Vanderslice's song Kookaburra
- "Frangipane." Oxford Companion to Food (1999), 316.