Fondant-iced pithivier

Fondant-iced pithivier
The classic French pithivier is a traditional dessert, rather like the Epiphany galette: puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée) filled with almond cream. But there is also an iced cake version called a "pithivier fondant": moist, very simple, and without the puff pastry. Here's how to make it.
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Last modified on: March 2nd 2022

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For 4 Fondant-iceds pithivier, you will need:

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18 min.1 hour40 min.1 hour 58 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 3 min.
Fondant-iced pithivier
Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Cut a circle of cooking parchment to fit your tin or mould (this one is 8 inches/20 cm diameter). Butter the tin generously and lay the paper circle in the bottom.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
Fondant-iced pithivier
Spread 450 g Almond cream or frangipane evenly in the tin and level the top.

Stage 3 - 40 min.
Fondant-iced pithivier
Bake for 40 minutes.

Stage 4 - 1 hour
Fondant-iced pithivier
Turn out while still hot (but not burning) by turning the tin upside down onto a wire rack.

Remove the paper and leave to cool.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Fondant-iced pithivier
Melt 100 g fondant icing in a bain-marie and spread over the top of the cake.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Fondant-iced pithivier
For a finishing touch, decorate the top with candied fruit.
You can vary this recipe by using a hazelnut buttercream or pistachio cream.
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
732 Kcal or 3,065 Kj45 gr318 gr185 gr
37 %17 %30 %28 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
124 Kcal or 519 Kj8 gr54 gr31 gr
6 %3 %5 %5 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
183 Kcal or 766 Kj11 gr79 gr46 gr
9 %4 %7 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Nuts, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 Fondant-iceds pithivier : 4.64 €
  • Per Fondant-iced pithivier : 1.16 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Almond cream or frangipaneAlmond cream or frangipane: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Ramekins with almonds, apples and lemon, Rhubarb tart, Mirlitons of Guipavas, Plum tart, Epiphany galette, ... All
Fondant icingFondant icing: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate eclairs, Arizona cupcakes, Chinois, ... All
Candied fruitCandied fruit: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Hazelnut and orange cake, Provençal colombier for Pentecost, Sicilian Epiphany Pie, Panettone, ... All
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