Sunday, January 14, 2007

King Pie from Franche Comte, France

Colette's recipe

This is a traditional pie served for Twelfth Night. The one who finds the bean hidden in it, is proclaimed King or Queen, and receives a paper crown.


150 g flour
25 cl water (or milk)
75 g butter,
5 CS sugar,
1 TSP vanilla extract,
3 eggs,
1 pinch of salt,
1 CS orange blossom flower,
2 CS heavy cream.

a charm, a coin, or a bean


In a pan, combine water, salt, butter, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.
Add flour in a batch, then continue to cook on low heat. Mix well until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat, and add the eggs, one at a time, with a wooden spoon, until the dough is smooth and shiny.

Add cream and orange blossom water.

Spread the dough on a pie pan (or a pizza pan), 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Don't forget to hide a bean or any charm in it.

Apply the egg yolk and then draw lines with a fork.

Bake in the oven 20 to 25 minutes at 210 C or 410 F.

Be careful, the pie can burn very quickly.

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