Hull-born Nancy Birtwhistle first entered Great British Bake Off in 2013, where she made it to the final 50 before being sent home. Undeterred, she entered a year later, and beat 16,000 other contestants, making it to “the tent”.

Since winning the show, Grandma of eight Nancy has made multiple TV appearances such as on The One Show, appearances at food shows up and down the country, and now runs a blog where she posts her baking recipes. This is one of her best...

Nancy says: “I can never get enough of these two flavours and this is a simple tart, but will always impress. You will need a 20cm flan ring 5cm deep.”

Apricot and Amaretto frangipane tart


For the pastry:
5oz plain flour
2 ½ oz butter chilled and cut into dice
Pinch salt
1tbsp icing sugar
2 ½ tbsp egg yolk

For the apricots:
100g ready to eat soft apricots, sliced and soaked in 50ml Amaretto for at least two hours (overnight, ideally)

For the frangipane:
100g unsalted butter at room temperature
100g icing sugar
120g ground almonds
2 eggs
½ tsp almond extract
Amaretto left over liquid
2tbsp flaked almonds

Start by making the pastry. I always work in pounds and ounces, so there is no misprint here. It’s my tip for a perfect pastry. In a food processor, blitz the flour, salt, sugar, and butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add the egg then allow the mixture to form into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.

Place the flan ring onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Roll out the pastry between two freezer bags then carefully line the ring. Chill again, then after about an hour, trim the pastry edges.

Whisk the frangipane ingredients together in a roomy bowl with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined. Transfer the filling inside the flan ring and decorate with the apricot strips. Sprinkle with flaked almonds too if desired.

Slide the tart onto a preheated baking sheet directly into the oven and bake at 175 degrees for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm with a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Nancy Birtwhistle and fellow Great British Bake Off winners from all six series will be appearing at the Cake and Bake Show in London, Excel Centre 7-9 October 2016, and at Event City in Manchester on 10-13 November 2016 alongside Eric Lanlard and Rosemary Shrager.  For more information and ticket details, visit 

Visit Nancy's blog for more recipes and baking tips.

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