Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Pithiviers

March 28, 2017 at 10:33 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, general pastry, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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The last time I made Pithiviers was in cooking school about 15 years ago. I have never forgotten how delicious it was though. I’m all for two rounds of flaky puff pastry with a filling in between, traditionally almond frangipane (one of my favorite things) and a bit of jammy fruit. The pithiviers recipe is in the “Fancy Cakes” section of the book, but this was a pretty simple one for me. I used store bought puff pastry, had some frangipane in the freezer from another project and instead of making prune filling, I used some black plum jam that I made last summer. Really, the only thing I did have to make for this was egg wash!

Rather than make one large round Pithiviers (that’s too much for us in one sitting), I made a couple of babies. The puff rose nice and high. Because I was making an odd size, I eyeballed the filling amounts. I do wish that I’d used a bit more of the plum jam. I was worried about leakage (there wasn’t any), so I was too skimpy. Next time– these are so easy and good. I’d like to experiment with savory fillings, too, as the concept isn’t really any different from a turnover.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Yours are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  2. I have had requests to make this one again. Your little ones are cute.

  3. Even with having to make the fillings, this was still an easy dessert to put together. I love the idea of savoury fillings.

  4. How perfect this must have been with the plum jam! Yours look delightful.

  5. I’ve never heard of Pithiviers before. They look like fun to make. I’m so happy I discovered your blog. 🙂

  6. They look so good and rose magically! Wow! Making individual ones is a particularly good idea with these because they get so messy when cutting out slices.

  7. Your pithiviers are the cutest one I’ve seen! Black plum jam sounds good!

  8. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you are right – these are just fancy turnovers. Love the caramelisation you got on your pastry.

  9. They look scrumptious!

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