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Olivier's Grandma's Pithivier Dessert Recipe Recipe

If you follow the blog, you've probably noticed the "pithivier cake" cooking tutorial my childhood friend Alexia, her husband Olivier and I filmed during their visit to Silicon Valley. We've received great feedback, but many of you asked for the recipe in print for easier readability. So without further ado, here it is. 

I've baked another pithivier; they're so easy to assemble (we've made four already since I learned Olivier's grandma "Mamie Françoise's" 1930s award-winning pithivier cake recipe). It originates from the small town of Pithiviers, in the Loiret département in north-central France where Olivier grew up. As we mentioned in the video, "shhh," this recipe is a secret! It's only made with almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. There is no butter; the richness comes from the abundance of almonds in the batter. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvBX8yONCLI&var=0

 


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Authentic Pithiviers Cake (Award Winning Recipe) Video Recipe
My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting. Olivier is an amazing cook and I've had the privilege to learn his grandma "Mamie Françoise"'s secret Pithiviers cake recipe. A Pithiviers is a cake made of almond flour, eggs, sugar and oranges. It originates from the town of Pithiviers, in the Orleans area of France, where Olivier and his family are from. According to his grandmother, there are many variations of this original classic French dessert but this one is the authentic recipe. The traditional version calls for candied fruits on top (fruits confits in French) and absolutely no top puff pastry crust. It is best eaten after resting for a few days. I can't tell you how long the baked Pithiviers can be stored because it didn't last long in our home! Whether you're a beginner or a professional pâtissier, this Pithiviers cake is easy to make at home, once we let you in on the secrets of this authentic recipe. Follow the instructions from this video and you'll have the pleasure of eating this moist cake that won the Pithiviers cake contest back in the 1930s. Mamie Françoise was the proud winner!
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Cherry Almond Tart Recipe Recipe

Cherry Almond Tart Recipe

06.15.12 by Jackie

I mentioned recently that my husband Lulu surprised me with a celebratory trip to the Napa Valley. We felt it was well deserved after completing the manuscript of my first cookbook (available for pre-order). We stayed at the Vintage Inn. We've been there  before and we've never been disappointed. The hotel is located in the heart of Yountville, within 3 blocks of what seems like the highest concentration of Michelin Star Restaurants in the world. The service was exquisite as usual with complimentary champagne breakfast buffet daily and a lovely afternoon tea service to boot. It's by far the best hotel breakfast I've ever had, ranging from petite pastries, freshly-made omelets, goat cheese walnut puffs and chocolate tartlets. What truly caught my attention was the delicious almond tart with seasonal fruit. I couldn't resist making the same dessert today to remind us of our trip, and as a huge thank you to Lulu for such a fabulous, memorable vacation. Of course, the restaurants were out of this world and the scenery was beautiful; but the highlight of the trip was relaxing with my husband and baby at this lovely hotel. If you visit Yountville, without a doubt, stay at the Vintage Inn!

The tart is made with a dense, almond filling and a large quantity of fresh cherries and blueberries. I made the crust with powdered sugar, toasted rice flour and regular all-purpose flour. The result is a wonderful fruit tart oozing with sweet fruits and a crunchy crust.


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Blueberry Almond Tart Recipe Recipe

Blueberry Almond Tart Recipe

03.05.12 by Jackie

I love blueberries. I usually serve them fresh with yogurt but this time, I made a change and baked them in a delicious almond cream tart. I filled puff pastry dough with homemade buttery almond cream and topped it with fresh blueberries.

When blueberries are baked, they release a beautiful deep blue color onto the almond cream. I didn't want the puff pastry to turn soggy, so instead of using regular tart molds, I placed them into brioche molds that could hold more cream as the cavity is much deeper. The tarts were not overly sweet; I really wanted the blueberries to shine in this wonderful French dessert. 

 


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