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Almond and Brandy Pithivier | Spectacular Simplicity |


Our Almond and Brandy Pithivier is easy to make and  are great for nights in with friends and family. The recipe has been simplified and uses pre-made puff pastry to make it even easier to make. The use of a soup plate ( as a mould) helps to get the right shape and takes the frustration out of handling.

The pithivier is a round, domed pastry pie decorated with distinctive spiral markings drawn from the centre of the dish. This really makes a simple pie creative and stunning to serve.

Almond and Brandy Pithivier

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By Marc Spendlove-Kruger Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pack of frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 100 g butter
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 200 g Ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 4 Eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced. Caramelised in a little butter, sugar and lemon juice
  • Beaten egg to glaze
  • Icing sugar to glaze



Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7


Combine butter, sugar, almonds and brandy to a spreadable paste.


Place half the pastry in a rimmed soup bowl


Add the almond mixture in the centre of the pudding bowl making sure the rim is clear of mixture


Top with the apple slices


Brush the pastry border with some of the beaton egg


Add the "top" (the other half of the puff the puff pastry


make sure the edges are well sealed


Turn out the pastry onto a floured baking tray or onto slicone paper


Using your thumb and forefinger crimp the edges into a neat pie edge ) bit of a "faut plat". This will seal the pastry and avoid leakage of the filling.


Make crescent shaped cuts in the remaining pastry rounds, radiating out from centre.(about half a centre apart.


brushing with the reamining beaten egg.


Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes until risen and golden.


Dredge tops with icing sugar and if desired caramelise under a hot grill or with a blow torch.

The recipe originates from the French town of the same name, a pithivier and can contain sweet or savoury fillings. Any savoury pie filling like Chicken and Bacon or a savoury mince works really well.

Wine Matching

Turn your Pithivier into a celebration. Serve Prosecco. We chose a Sacchetto Col de L’Utia Prosecco Brut 2018. Crisper and creamier than Cava, with a softer fizz than Champagne, this luxury drop has all the melt-in-the-mouth quality you’d expect from a world-famous winemaker. It’s full of fruit and delicate refreshing bubbles. Perfect for parties, weddings, or just making your Friday night fish and chip supper sing. Available from Naked Wines.

If you have a sweet tooth, try our other special desserts.

Raspberry Cheesecake | Dairy, Sugar and Gluten Free |

Apple Tartlet with Calvados | From Paris with Love |


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