All about pithivier: what is it and how do you make it?

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Whether it’s sweet or savory, the pithivier is one of those dishes that makes everyone pause when it comes to the table. Besides the fact that it looks spectacular, the taste is also one that we will not soon forget. But what exactly is a pithivier? And how do we make it ourselves?

The pithivier comes -surprise- from France. And that from the village of Pithiviers, just south of Paris. The impressive dish originated in the 17th century and at the time caused a furore as a sweet specimen.

About the pithivier

The puff pastry dish is originally round and has a puff pastry jacket. The French counterpart of the  pie  has a dome shape. You can also recognize it by its decorative shapes at the top, namely organic lines that come together like a kind of swirl in the middle.

Originally, the filling mainly consisted of frangipane , but it has now evolved mainly in the savory area. By the way , do not confuse it with the galette des rois .

Take a rest

Like the pâté-en- croûte, the pithivier cooks at its best (ie without wet conditions) with a small hole at the top. Close the bottom and top well, after all, we don’t want any leaks. The decoration on the pithivier is a bit more minimalistic: you carve it in before it goes into the oven. The best thing, of course, is to make the puff pastry yourself. If you don’t have time for that (understandable since the recipe is also time-consuming), it also works with ready- made .

Since it tastes best crispy fresh from the oven, a large pithivier does well on an evening with enough visitors. Don’t feel like sharing? Then just make a smaller version for yourself. Don’t forget to let it rest in the fridge before putting it in the oven.


The Golden Real

Highly recommended, that pithivier, if you are looking for a heartwarming and impressive spectacle. More good news: the filling options are endless. For example, try  this Jamie Oliver version with mushrooms, or this divine combo with chicken, pumpkin and sage. Or, of course, go for the sweet classic with frangipane, just like Martha Stewart. Fancy some fruit? Then fill it with cranberries .

Do you trust someone more? Unforgettable items are regularly on the menu at De Gouden Reael (one of Alain Caron ‘s jewels). Take a look at the video below, in which chef Thomas Demuth gives a masterclass in making pithiviers. You can now also order a classic pithivier with duck for two people at Terroir in Utrecht.

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