Aug 1, 2017
General Chit Chat until Minute 4:00!
Fasten your seatbelt folks, this is a heavy episode! We tackle
Inverted puff pastry (where you laminate with the butter on the
OUTSIDE of the dough); we also talk you through how to make pastry
and almond cream to make the ultimate frangipane. AND finally
culminating in the ultimate dessert the French Pithivier.
Amaze your friends and family in tackling this splendid dessert.
Yes, there are a lot of steps, but each step isn't difficult on its
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Inverted puff pastry
10 oz flour
3.75 oz water
2.25 oz butter
.375 oz salt
½ tsp lemon juice
Mix stand mixer with dough hook attachment for 4 minutes on low.
OR Mix/knead by hand for 5 minutes. Form into rectangle 3/4” thick
(approx. 5x7”), wrap well and store in fridge
Butter block (buerrage)
9 oz cold unsalted butter (European style is the best)
3 oz flour
Cube butter. With stand mixer with paddle attachment add butter
with flour, mix until well distributed. Turn out on parchment
paper, fold over parchment paper over the top of the butter and
roll until it’s approx. 13 x 7” (1/4” thick). Store in fridge at
least an hour
NOTE: Go to the The Baking Podcast Facebook Group to see a video
of a lamination “turn”
To Laminate (best to do this in the coldest time of the day). Do
not laminate on hot days without AC.
- Remove butter from fridge, without removing the parchment
paper, gently roll the butter to soften it up slightly AND to make
sure it will wrap around your dough.
- Heavily flour your surface. Place the dough in the center of
the butter with narrow side facing you and close the butter around
the dough. Flour the top of butter.
- Give the dough one single fold (add more flour as you go!),
wrap and return to the fridge for 1 hour. (or freezer for 30
- Proceed with the folds (if you are working in a cold kitchen
you might be able to do 2 turns in one go before returning to the
refrigerator) until you have done 6 folds.
- After the 6th fold, return to the fridge for one hour (or
- Roll out the dough until it’s 1/8” thick.
- Using a 9” spring form pan as a guide cut 2 (or 4, if you’re
lucky). NOTE: You can use any round shape as a guide (9” or less)
Stack on a plate (separate with parchment paper and put in fridge
for 30 minutes or until ready to use (you can also freeze them at
this point. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE SCRAPS, put those in the fridge
10 oz whole milk
½ oz sugar (#1 sugar)
.75 oz corn starch
2oz sugar (#2)
2oz egg yolks
1.25 oz butter (room temp)
- Add the whole milk and the #1 sugar in a small sauce pan bring
to a boil
- Meanwhile mix the cornstarch, #2 sugar in a bowl and mix to
- Add the egg yolks to the cornstarch mixture whisk to combine
(not to incorporate air
- When milk comes to boil, add approx 1/3 of the milk to the egg
yolk mixture and stir until it’s incorporated
- Return this mixture back to the pot, and stir constantly
(medium heat) until boiled for 2 minutes (should be nice and
thick), transfer to a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap and
4.25 oz butter
4.25 oz sugar
2 oz eggs
4.25 oz almond meal
1.25 oz bread flour
1 tsp vanilla
- In a mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar
- Gradually mix in the egg
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated. Store
in the fridge
In a stand mixer with paddle attachment add equal amounts of
almond cream and pastry cream and mix until incorporation.
Puff pastry rounds (2)
- Remove the puff pastry from the fridge
- Brush edges with water on bottom piece
- On top piece use the wide side of a piping tip and cut out a
hole in the center of top piece
- Pipe a layer of frangipane avoiding the wet edge
- Place blackberries 1 inch apart on top of the frangipane (less
is more)—you don’t need a large amount of blackberries
- Place the top piece on top of the bottom, line up and seal with
- place on index and middle finger on the edge of the pastry,
using the flat part of the bamboo skewer, indent the pastry making
an scalloped edge. Move your fingers around the pastry so you have
a scalloped edge all around
- Put in fridge and preheat oven to 350 degrees
- When oven reaches temperature, remove pithivier from fridge,
brush with beaten egg
- Bake for approx. 40 to 45 minutes until golden