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A Pithiviers is a type of cake or large pastry made in France.

It is usually about 10 inches (25 cm) wide, with a top and buttom crust made of puff pastry, with a dense almond paste ("Crème d'amandes) filling inside. The top is rounded and higher than the edges, and slashed, typically in a starburst pattern.

To make a Pithiviers, you roll out the puff pastry and cut two rounds to fit your pan. You line the bottom of your cake pie with puff pastry (just the bottom, not the sides.) You then put the Crème d'amandes on, spreading it all around the middle leaving about an inch (2 1/2 cm) clear on all sides, then you put the top layer of pastry on.

Wet the edges of the pastry and seal them together, trimming away any excess with a knife. Brush the top with a beaten egg yolk, and score the top. At this point, some like to chill it 15 to 30 to 60 minutes. Then bake for about 30 minutes.

There is also a traditional version that uses candied fruits on top, instead of a top crust.

Some variations now exist, such as savoury ones, or apple ones.

Pithiviers can be served with a bean or a charm in it on Twelfth Night as a "galette du roi."

History Notes

The origin of this pastry is credited to the town of Pithiviers in the Orleans area of France.

Julia Child once glazed the top of hers and carmelized it with a blow torch.

See also:


Aboukir; Alaska Florida; Angel Food Cake Day; Apple Potato Cake; Baked Alaska; Banbury Cakes; Boston Cream Pie; Boston Favorite Cake; Bundt Cakes; Cake Boards; Cake Flour; Cakes and Ale Day; Cakes; Carrot Cake; Cassatelle di Ricotta; Cheesecake Day; Cheesecake; Chocolate Cake Day; Chocolate Cake; Christmas Cakes; Clafoutis; Coconut Squares; Coffee Cake Day; Coffee Cake; Devil's Food Cake Day; Eccles Cakes; English Madelines; Flan; Galettes; Gâteau St-Honoré; Gâteaux; Genoa Bread; Genoa Cake; Icing & Frosting; Kugelhopf Cakes; Lamingtons; Marzipan Potatoes; Melton Hunt Cake; Muffins; Mustacae; Napolitain Cakes; Parkin Cake; Pasta Margherita; Pasta Paradiso; PET No-Bake Festive Fruitcake; Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day; Pineapple Upside-Down Cake; Pithiviers; Pound Cake Day; Pound Cake; Queen Elizabeth Cake; Royal Icing; Sheath Cakes; Sheet Cakes; Simnel Cake; Slab Cake; Sly Cakes; Sponge Cakes; Stir-up Sunday; Swiss Roll; Tipsy Parson; Tranche Napolitaine; Twelfth Night Cake; Twinkies; Unrefined Icing Sugar; Upside-Down Cakes; Whirlin Cakes; Wycoller Cake; Yule Log; Zuccotto

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Oulton, Randal. "Pithiviers." CooksInfo.com. Published 06 September 2005; revised 28 June 2009. Web. Accessed 05/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/pithiviers>.

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