Pithivier Recipe From Larousse

Larousse (page 799) describe Pithivier as a large round puff pastry tart with scalloped edges, filled with an almond cream.This speciality of Pithiviers which is in the Orléans region of France, is traditionally served as a 12th night cake. Head straight on to the recipe ♥


12 years ago, my friend’s daughter asked if Patch could come and sleep over. She told me very clearly that when I brought Patch to her I should remember to pack her pyjamas and tooth brush. This same beautiful blonde child came to me a few years later, telling me she was going to run away from home. I went with her to her bedroom to help her pack, remembering the all-important sleeping apparel. We first negotiated how many nights she would be away from home, and then worked out how much she could carry. When I explained that she would have nowhere to brush her teeth, and only the hard ground to sleep on, she decided her mother was not that bad after all, and her own bed was far more comfortable. This is an easy negotiation with a 6 year old, but not so easy with a 60 year old. My friend wants to leave her husband. Not because he is a bad person, or treats her cruelly, but because she does not like her circumstances. And I am not sure how to negotiate her leaving when I think her circumstances are amazing. She has a house keeper who manages the staff, a cook, someone who does the cleaning and someone to attend to the garden. Her only ‘job’ is to do the grocery shopping. She spends her days smoking, playing computer games and drinking. And when her husband asks one thing of her she gets upset. And for this she wants to leave. And I don’t get it! I know I don’t see what is going on ‘behind doors’ but we have travelled with them and her life is not that bad at all. It does however make me grateful that I have a life I want to live. That I enjoy all that I do and that for now, my only job is to see to the household. I have spent much of my time in the kitchen baking. I made the pithiviers twice. The first time I was not happy with the result, but that did not stop Dave eating every last bite of the cake. The second one could have puffed up a bit more, but regardless it was a great treat that we have enjoyed with our afternoon espresso.

Pithivier Ready For 12th Night
Pithivier Ready For 12th Night

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Recipe For Pithivier
This cake can be made in advance and is perfect served with an afternoon espresso
  • 50g butter
  • 50g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 20g tapioca flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 15mls amaretto
  • 250g puff pastry, divided
  • Flour for dusting
for the egg wash
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2.5mls water
  1. Place the butter into a bowl
  2. Cream using a spatula
  3. Add the caster sugar and mix in
  4. Add one egg yolk at a time, mixing until completely incorporated
  5. Add the flour, almonds and amaretto
  6. Mix until completely combined
  7. Place into the fridge for 30 minutes
  8. Weigh out 100g puff pastry
  9. Turn onto a lightly floured surface
  10. Roll into a 20cm circle
  11. Place onto a baking tray
  12. Spread the almond mixture onto the pastry, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge
  13. Place the egg yolk and water into a bowl for the egg wash
  14. Whisk together
  15. Brush the egg wash onto the pastry edge
  16. Roll out the balance of the pastry into a 20cm circle
  17. Place on top of the almond covered pastry, lining up the edges
  18. Seal the edges completely
  19. Scallop the edge using a knife
  20. Score the top
  21. Brush on the egg wash over the top of the pastry
  22. Place into the fridge while you preheat the oven
  23. Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  24. Bake for 25 minutes
  25. Remove from the oven and place the baking tray onto a wire rack to cool

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Blog-checking lines: For the month of December, Kat challenged us to make Gateaux Pithiviers.

A Slice Of Pithivier
A Slice Of Pithivier

What I blogged December 28:

I am on leave until the 11th of January. I will reply to comments on my posts when I can during the holidays. I wish all of you a very blessed festive season. May 2016 hold all your dreams.

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25 thoughts on “Pithivier Recipe From Larousse

  1. That is so strange of your friend, surely one does not leave their life behind over a spot of grocery shopping?!
    I love Pithivier, we make a Mushroom Pithivier that is sooooooo arm. Will have to give the sweet variety a go. 🙂

  2. I have never heard of a Pithivier! And your friend, well, maybe she needs to visit some folks who are far less fortunate?

  3. I just love coming here Tandy, because I always learn of a new dish that I’ve never heard of. I am not a big pastry maker, but I will do so to try this.

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