Does this pastry design use a mold or was it made by hand?


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No, it’s not a mold.


The filling is placed between two layers of puff pastry. Then the top is carved out. That one also has added dough decorations placed on top.


In French they’re called Galettes des rois (King Cake) or pithivier and filled with frangipane. I have a couple of recipes, but I’ve only tried making a gluten-free version. Didn’t get too far because my gluten free puff pastry didn’t turn out very well.


David Leibovit’s isn’t a particularly lovely one but it’ll give you an idea of how it’s assembled.


https://www.davidlebovitz.com/galette-des-rois-kings-cake-recipe/


The Epicurious recipe is made with a fruit filling. You can fill it with whatever you like sweet or savory. But the French version is always filled with frangipane.

And cut the top and whatever decorative shape you want. The one in the photo just had diagonal slits cut into the top. Some of the strips were then cut out and laid in the opposite direction to create the diamond pattern.

And then slits were cut in the strips to create the open lattice look.

separately flowers were cut out of the pastry and placed on top.



https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/apple-pithivier-51189050
 
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No, it’s not a mold.


The filling is placed between two layers of puff pastry. Then the top is carved out. That one also has added dough decorations placed on top.


In French they’re called Galettes des rois (King Cake) or pithivier and filled with frangipane. I have a couple of recipes, but I’ve only tried making a gluten-free version. Didn’t get too far because my gluten free puff pastry didn’t turn out very well.


David Leibovit’s isn’t a particularly lovely one but it’ll give you an idea of how it’s assembled.


https://www.davidlebovitz.com/galette-des-rois-kings-cake-recipe/


The Epicurious recipe is made with a fruit filling. You can fill it with whatever you like sweet or savory. But the French version is always filled with frangipane.

And cut the top and whatever decorative shape you want. The one in the photo just had diagonal slits cut into the top. Some of the strips were then cut out and laid in the opposite direction to create the diamond pattern.

And then slits were cut in the strips to create the open lattice look.

separately flowers were cut out of the pastry and placed on top.



https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/apple-pithivier-51189050
Thank you for explaining that! I am going to try the flower design with a raspberry danish and I saved the French recipe as well.

 

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