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1 year ago

Issue No.26


Recipes and wine matchesIngredientsFiling140g unsalted butter at room temperature125g caster sugar2 large eggs2 tablespoons dark rum1 lemon or orange140g ground almonds1 tablespoon plain flourCasingPacket of puff pastry (650g)1 eggIcing sugarMethodBeat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Mix in the eggs, a bit at a time andbeat well. Zest the lemon (or orange) and beat in with the the rum. Fold the almonds andflour in and then put in the fridge while you sort out the pastry,Divide the pastry in two and roll out one half into a 28cm circle. Put the pasty on bakingpaper on a baking tray. Spread the filling over the pastry and leave around an inch of pastryuncovered all the way round the edge.Roll out the other half of the pastry and cut into a circle as above. Brush the clear edge ofthe first pastry circle with the beaten egg and place the second pastry slice over the top. Popit in the fridge for 1 to 12 hours.Preheat oven to 220 ˚C. Paint the top of the pie with beaten egg (but not the edges). Cutthe pie with a sharp knife to create a spiral pattern.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and beautifully risen.Wine PairingSauternes is one of the very few areas in the world tohave all the conditions necessary to develop the goodkind of botrytis cinerea, or “noble rot”, that will drythe berries, concentrate the sugar and impart specificflavors and aromas of apricots, exotic fruits, ginger,and honey. This is a wine fit for kings, and it will pairwonderfully with this exquisite Pithiviers. Theintensely fragrant nose of the wine will perfectlymatch the enticing aromas of the dessert, while itsgenerous body will be a good fit for the richness ofthe almond filling. The Sauvignon blanc in the winebrings a nice acidity, to balance the voluptuousSemillon. The nice citrus character (orange rinds) ofthe wine should do wonders with the orange/lemonnotes of the dessert.Sauternes L’Ilôt de Haut Bergeron 2016 from Hervéand Patrick Lamothe – 80% Semillon/20%Sauvignon is perfect with this recipe...