Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Pithiviers

Dorie Greenspan Pithiviers from Baking Chez Moi image on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi happened to be a perfect fit with the rest of my baking projects (finalising the last few recipes for my book!). Dorie calls a Pithiviers (named after a city in the north of France) one of the “great, forgotten pastries of France, nudged out of the spotlight by its next of kin, the Galette des Rois.”  While a Galette des Rois is simply puff pastry filled with frangipane (almond cream, sometimes mixed with crème pâtissière), a Pithiviers adds a touch of prune jam to the filling (there’s also no “fève” hidden in the Pithiviers filling).

I happened to have a tiny bit of puff pastry on hand as well as some frangipane from my own adventures in Galette des Rois for the book the weekend I was making this so I used those. No prune jam on hand and no time to buy prunes to make it so I used a little wild blueberry jam that I had on hand (sorry Dorie!). And, guess what? I minified this and made two tiny (10cm/ 4-inch) Pithiviers.

Dorie Greenspan Pithiviers image on eatlivetravelwrite.comButter puff pastry, almond cream and jam – what’s not to love? Also, cat approved (she couldn’t get enough, though we only let her have a few crumbs….)

Cleo cat enjoying Dorie Greenspan Pithiviers image on eatlivetravelwrite.comGet the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Pithiviers here or on p 99 of Baking Chez Moi.

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18 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Pithiviers

  1. Cakelaw March 14, 2017 at 02:27 #

    These pivithiers look delish – I look forward to giving them a whirl.

  2. Mr. Neil March 14, 2017 at 07:57 #

    Look Dorie – even Cleo loves your baking! 🙂

  3. Zosia March 14, 2017 at 08:05 #

    They look so nice as minis and the blueberry jam sounds like a tasty alternative to prune.

    • Mardi Michels March 27, 2017 at 17:13 #

      I definitely want to make this with prune jam at some point though!

  4. shirley @ flourishen.blogspot.com March 14, 2017 at 19:34 #

    I’m sure I’d enjoy this just as much as Cleo. I’m thinking of making a pithivier with other fruits. It’s so versatile.

  5. Diane Zwang March 14, 2017 at 19:49 #

    Too funny with the cat. My dog would happily eat anything. I like your minification and I think blueberry jam sounds yummy. Good luck on finishing up the book!

  6. Geoff March 14, 2017 at 21:47 #

    Cleo clearly leads a charmed, privileged existence in the Toronto suburbs…
    I’ve had one of these in France and I really liked the pastry, but the almond cream reminded me somewhat of an almond croissant down under.

    • Mardi Michels March 27, 2017 at 17:13 #

      That almond paste on everything is pretty good!

  7. Summer March 14, 2017 at 21:54 #

    What a great idea to minify this one, perfect recipe to make individual servings.

  8. steph (whisk/spoon) March 15, 2017 at 13:09 #

    delicious (and kitty-approved)! i last made my own pithiviers in culinary school, and it was one of my favorite things we made, so i’m looking forward to doing this one. i’ll probably minify it like you did, and use plum jam since i have it already and it’s close enough to prune.

    • Mardi Michels March 27, 2017 at 17:12 #

      I think it definitely lends itself to interpretation of jams etc…

  9. Joyce, Kitchen Flavours March 15, 2017 at 22:20 #

    Your pithiviers looks delicious! A smart idea to use blueberry jam! I’m looking forward to make this one.

    • Mardi Michels March 27, 2017 at 17:12 #

      Well I am always about using what I have on hand!

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