Pithivier

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Pithivier
Pithivier.jpg
Place of origin
France
Region or state
Pithiviers
Main ingredients
Puff pastry, frangipane of almond paste
Cookbook:Pithivier  Pithivier

A Pithivier (Pithiviers in French) is a round, enclosed pie usually made by baking two disks of puff pastry, with filling stuffed in between. It has the appearance of a hump and is traditionally decorated with spiral lines drawn from the top outwards with the point of a knife, and scalloping the edge.

The filling is always placed as a lump in the middle of the bottom dough layer, rather than spread on it, because it would then liquefy and leak during baking. The pie is traditionally finished with a distinct shine to the top of the crust, by egg-washing beforehand, or by caramelising a dusting of confectioner's sugar at the end of baking, or both. Whilst the filling of the Pithivier is often a sweet frangipane of almond paste, (optionally combined with fruit such as cherry or plum), savoury pies with a meat or cheese filling can also be labelled as a Pithivier.

It is commonly assumed that the dish originates from the town of Pithiviers, France.

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  • From French Wikipedia: "Le Pithiviers, gâteau of puff pastry filled with almond paste.


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