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Hazelnut Frangipane Tart with Peaches and Creme Fraiche (Grain Free)

by Deliciously Organic on August 6, 2012

Sometimes, I want to get creative and whip up a beautiful, fancy dessert.  Wonderful ripe stone fruits and berries abound this time of year and I love letting my imagination run wild creating beautiful tarts. Combine an easy crust, flavorful filling and bright fruit on top to make anyone’s eyes dance.

Creme fraiche is a favorite ingredient in my kitchen. It can be pricey at the store, so I make my own. I take 1 cup of heavy cream and combine it with 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Stir the mixture and leave it out on the counter for twenty-four hours. Stir it again, and store it in the refrigerator (it will keep for about 10 days). It’s a nice substitution for sour cream, and is absolutely lovely with berries and stone fruits.

This dessert requires a few steps, but isn’t too complicated. The crust and hazelnut frangipane can be made earlier in the day and the creme fraiche mixture whipped just before serving.

Hazelnut Frangipane Tart with Peaches and Creme Fraiche (Grain Free)

Serving Size: Makes one 9-inch tart (or five 4-inch tartlets)

Hazelnut Frangipane Tart with Peaches and Creme Fraiche (Grain Free)

I used soaked and dehydrated hazelnuts in this tart. Hazlenuts contain phytates that can be reduced by soaking in salt water. You can substitute the hazelnuts with almonds. As with all desserts, enjoy in moderation.

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living.


    For the crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup honey (I used clover)

  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (I prefer Bernard Jensen)

  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into tablespoons
  • For the hazelnut filling:

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons dehydrated (or toasted) hazelnuts, skins removed, divided

  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons honey (I used clover)

  • 1 large egg
  • For the Whipped Creme Fraiche:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (you can substitute with whipped coconut milk)

  • 2 tablespoons honey (I used clover)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup creme fraiche (see recipe above in the post)
  • For the peaches:

  • 3 peaches, skins removed, cut in half, pits removed (click here for a step-by-step video)

  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam or orange marmalade

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Place almond meal, coconut flour, honey, gelatin, and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4-5 times to combine. Add butter and pulse until dough comes together, about 15 one-second pulses. Press dough on bottom and up sides of a 9-inch buttered tart pan with removable bottom. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool.

Wipe out food processor with a cloth or paper towel. Place 1/3 cup hazelnuts, coconut flour and salt in the bowl of the food processor and process until finely ground. Place butter and honey in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using the beater attachment, mix the butter and honey on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg. Add hazelnut mixture and beat on low until incorporated. Spoon mixture into cooled tart crust. Bake for 15 minutes, until set. Let cool.

Just before serving, beat the cream, honey and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold in creme fraiche. Pour creme fraiche mixture over cooled tart. Top with peaches. Place jam and lemon juice in a small sauce pan and heat over low. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the peaches with the jam mixture (this will keep the peaches from turning brown, and give them a glossy look). Finely chop remaining 2 tablespoons hazelnuts and sprinkle over tart. Serve cold.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

HeatherChristo August 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

these are absolutely STUNNING!!!


Amber August 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

This looks so pretty! I love the color left behind on the peach from the skin. Hazelnuts are my favorite nut–this sounds like an ideal pairing. Can’t wait to try it!


TidyMom August 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

sounds like a winning combination! and the colors are just gorgeous Carrie!


marla August 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Such a great summer tart!


Averie @ Averie Cooks August 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

Carrie, these are stunning!! The color, the recipe & flavors, the pics….just beautiful!!


shoprubyjean August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hi I a BRAND NEW to your blog and have been Loving it… We have been going through all your lovely and delightful recipes and have already enjoyed the homemade coffee creamers, cracker jacks, pumpkin muffins, chia pudding ( which we are having again today :) and will be making the Poppy Seed crackers when it cools down here. Our oldest son has been on a gluten free diet for some time now and we always enjoy trying and finding new recipes. Looking forward to following along.


Maria August 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Gorgeous dessert!


Molly Chester August 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

So PRETTY! Umm…. I can almost taste them.


peachtopie August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I love how you leave the peaches intact like that. Beautiful!


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

This dessert is just so stunning to look at!


Katie August 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

These look really lovely!


Karen August 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

Wow, I thought you had put a dollop of sorbet on your tart, then I realized it was the peach. These look amazing, you’ve done it again, girl! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. :)


Deliciously Organic August 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

Thanks, Karen. :)


Jen August 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

When are you putting out a grain-free cookbook? Seriously. I would order it today if I could. Keep me posted. 😉


Deliciously Organic August 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Thanks Jen. I’m seriously considering it. I’ll keep you posted. 😉


Stacey August 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

These look delightful! I’m wondering how they are considered paleo though with the heavy cream and buttermilk.


Deliciously Organic August 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thanks Stacey. According to Mark Sisson (Marks Daily Apple) he says that fermented and/or cultured dairy products are considered Paleo/Primal. Creme fraiche (made from heavy cream and buttermilk) is a fermented dairy product so it’s considered Paleo/primal. For example, Robb Wolf uses creme fraiche in one of his recipes here: http://robbwolf.com/2011/12/15/primal-holiday-desserts/


Stacey August 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Learn something new everyday! Thanks for the prompt response!


Jaime {sophistimom} August 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

The color on those peaches is so beautiful, I almost want to cry, Carrie.


Jessie August 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

These look and sound amazing. Beautiful photos, they look mouthwatering!


karen August 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

Could this crust be used for quiche? or do you have a grain free quiche recipe? Curious


A Table in the Sun August 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

I love the orange marmalade finish.


Zoe@rubadubdublog December 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

What a beautiful recipe – and the colours of your photos are so gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more!


Emily Wallace January 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hi! I have a question for you about the creme fraiche. I tried to make it last night. I had made the buttermilk with your instructions. . Then, I added that to the heavy cream. Your cookbook says 2 TBSP though. Maybe the 3 would have worked better? But, I was trying to make a lot, so I used 4 cups of heavy cream with 8 TBSP buttermilk. It still hasn’t thickened at all. Should I leave it longer, or do you think it’s because I tried to quadruple it?


Deliciously Organic January 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

It usually takes 24 hours for it to get thick. Also, make sure and stir it. For some reason, the stirring makes a difference! Since it’s a large batch, if it’s not super thick this evening, I’d leave it out overnight again. Also, is it ultra-pasteurized cream? If so, it might not get thick because of the processing.


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