Apricot gâteau Pithiviers

Apricot gâteau Pithiviers

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 10

A modern twist on an original classic French tart recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info


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For the filling

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier or Disaronno
  • 200g ripe apricots, stoned and thickly sliced

For the pastry case

  • 500g pack of ready-made puff pastry (or 2x 375g packs ready-rolled Dorset pastry)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

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  1. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl, then beat in the egg and egg yolk. Stir in the almonds, flour and liqueur, and mix well to a spreadable paste.
  2. Roll out half the pastry and, using a sharp knife, cut out a circle approximately 25cm in diameter (use a dinner plate as a guide). It should be about the thickness of 2 x £1 coins. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out another circle, slightly larger than the first. If you’re using ready-rolled pastry, cut a circle from each sheet and freeze what’s left.
  3. Place the smaller circle on a baking tray and top with half the almond filling, leaving a 2.5cm border round the edge. Spread the apricots over, then put the rest of the filling on top. Brush the border with beaten egg and set the remaining pastry circle on top, pressing the edges firmly together.
  4. With the back of a knife, score lines round the outer edge of the pastry. Now press the back of the knife 1cm into the pastry edge at regular intervals to give a scalloped appearance. Brush the top with more beaten egg and score curved lines radiating from the centre of the circle. Take care not to cut through the pastry. Chill for 20 mins. The tart can be made ahead and frozen at this point or kept in the fridge for 2 days.
  5. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake for 30-35 mins until puffed and golden. Leave to cool on a baking tray. To glaze, melt the jam in a small pan and pass through a sieve. Then brush over the pastry.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2005

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