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Saturday, April 2, 2011

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


  1. Mmm, I love pie crust and this one I am sure it would be a hit among my family members as well!

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

  3. Thanks guys! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

  4. Yum! Almost kinda like a pecan pie? Looks delicious.

  5. It is!!! Thank u for stopping by Mickey!

  6. Trisha, this pie looks delicious with the cashew in the picture of the inside...yummie! Have a good one :-)

  7. Thanks Juliana!!!

  8. 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.

  9. Thanks Maggie ... I hope u like it!!!

  10. nice website

  11. can u post a recipe for traditional goan cake baath please?

  12. 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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