Franzipan: My mum-in-laws recipe

Honestly, before I got married and before I could take a look at my late mum-in-laws recipe collection, I had never heard of this treat. And let me tell you, I was missing out on something. My mum-in-law was a very talented person. She was an amazing cook and very skilled with the crochet needle. She was also a really good seamstress and was very creative. I wish I had the opportunity to meet her. So the first time my husband asked me to make this, I didn’t know what to expect. This is one pie he enjoys making, and hey, I’m not complaining. He does a wonderful job with it. We’ve made this for quite a few parties, gatherings and it works well as a hostess gift as well. It has always received great reviews. It is quite a rich pie, so you might want to adjust the portion sizes accordingly.


For the pie crust – 
250 gms all purpose flour, sieved

125 gms cold butter, cubed

Mix the cold butter and flour till it becomes crumbly.

Add a little cold water at a time and knead lightly to form a dough.

Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for ½ hour.

Roll out.

Place it in the pie pan and pierce it with a fork to help the steam escape.

Bake at 180º till lightly brown.

For the filling – 
4 oz butter

4 oz superfine sugar
4 oz cashewnuts, ground
1 oz flour
2 eggs

Method –

Melt butter over low heat.

Whisking well, add sugar and cashewnuts. Mix till it is well combined.

Take off heat and add the eggs. Mix well.

Bake in a baked pastry shell for 25 minutes at 180ºC.


Here’s a peek at what the inside looks like –

This recipe is linked to –
Sweet tooth Friday
Sweets for a Saturday
Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent

12 thoughts on “Franzipan: My mum-in-laws recipe

  1. ground cashew nuts and lots of sugar is definitely my kind of thing. Your mother in law was definitely wonderful since she created this!

  2. Oh Trisha, I think you've posted a winner of a recipe here. I'm envisioning myself bringing this to the next occaision I get to bring dessert.

  3. Sure, I have a lovely one, another one of my mum-in-laws. I'll post that when I make it next. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, its always nice to hear from my readers, do come by again!

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