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Pithiviers or Galette des Rois (almond-flavoured pastry)

This recipes comes from the French web site known as Cooking2000 - described as 'Traditional French cooking recipes, wines and advice . . .'

There are many more recipes to be found on the site, with new ones being added all the time, and the great thing is that the site is in both French and English.

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2 pre-made (bought) puff pastries
1 egg yolf (will be use to give a nice colour to the pie top)

80 g sugar
80 g almond powder
80 g butter
2 teaspoons Cherry brandy (called Kirsh in France) or Rum
1 egg

  • Mix together all the following ingredients for the filling (called Frangipane in French): almond powder, butter, sugar and egg.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of Cherry brandy (called Kirsh in France), or Rum.
  • Pre-heat the oven at Thermostat 6 (180°C or 350°F)
  • Cut out 2 rounds of puff pastry with a knife. It should be the same size as the pie plate.
  • Pour the filling on the pie base.
  • Put the pie crust over the other pastry.
  • Wet edges of base pastry, and gently press tops into place, trim around edges with a sharp knife.
  • Brush the top of the pie with egg-yolk.
  • Bake in oven for about 30 minutes.

Serves 4