Plum pie with creamy nutty Frangipane

Time for plum pie with nutty Frangipane! At Waltzingmatilde.com There are so many things to love about this pie that I don’t even know where to begin. Perfect pastry? Naturally. A gooey, nutty heavenly cream hidden inside, called something as intriguing and promising as Frangipane? YES. A sticky, tangy, shocking purple coating of plum? Check.

Plum pie with creamy Frangipane, Waltzingmatilde.com Also, it’s so effing autumnally and comforting you just wanna curl up and use it as a blanket. Seriously, an evening with this pie + pitch black outside + rain against the window + a couple of episode of Looking/The Honourable Woman/The Mindy Project (season 3 – yeah!)/Louie/River Cottage = perfect life. Summer: you’re free to go.

Ingredients for Frangipane. Waltzingmatilde.com Wait, before you run off looking for a plum tree, I must give you a few more words on Frangipane. Frangipane will MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER. It’s part of a fine old Italian, then French, baking tradition (dating back to 1226 according to some, read Wikipedia). It’s made out of egg, butter, sugar and ground almonds. And you can use it in, like, everything. Like, all over the place. In cakes, cookies and croissants. Think of it as a melted and golden version of marzipan. A rule of thumb is: since it’s so gooey it normally needs a host. Or does it now…?

Plum pie with nutty Frangipane. Waltzingmatilde.com For this recipe I’ve used a mix of almonds and hazelnuts, which, yes, granted, might upset the Italians and the French but that’s a risk I’m willing to take, considering the result. Sweet-gooey hazelnut with sour-sticky plum, you see what I’m saying, right?

Waltzing Matilde whipping cream. In Kenzo t-shirt and plumcolored nails. Waltzingmatilde.com

 

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Roasted strawberries w white Valrhona chocolate sauce scented w lavender. Plus cookie crumbs! Or how to make yourself popular at a cookout jam!

White Valrhona Chocolate, lavendar and lemons, photo by Marcus Svanberg Ovenroasted strawberries at Waltzingmatilde.com Ok, so I’m invited to Andrea and Latte’s yearly cookout jam. (A cookout jam being a party where everyone brings some sort of food.) At this particular cookout jam there’s only media types/musicians/entrepreneurs/hipsters who are also, all of them, really into food. Like, they can seriously cook. Like, you have someone there who runs half of Stockholm’s restaurants. In other words, it’s a potluck for extreme foodies.

Oven roasted strawberries w white valrhona chocolate sauce and cookie crumbs, photo by Marcus Svanberg So, I realize I have to come up with something in between extraordinary and mind-blowing. My first 2 thoughts are: 1. A lavish dessert is a short cut to people’s hart. 2. A swirl in any form makes people happy. So, a lavish swirl it is. 

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