February 17, 2010

TJ's Almond Pastry

While wandering the aisles of Trader Joe's with ABF on Super Bowl Sunday (before the game, of course), this tasty-looking pasty caught my eye. Pithiviers (French in origin, oui) are apparently a puff-pastry dessert with almond cream filling. ALMOND? Yes, please. Later that week I baked it up, figuring it would go nicely with a cup of my Amaretto coffee from Fairway.

It doesn't get much easier than this: open box, place on parchment paper covered baking sheet, and let the oven do the work.

My oven runs a little hot, so it didn't take long for the pastry to puff up and brown all over. I let it sit for a few minutes, but couldn't help, well, helping myself to a little piece while it was still warm.

My first thought was that these aren't nearly as sweet as I expected, which is good AND bad. Yes, we could all probably dial down our sugar intake, but it was a little short of what I was hoping for as far as desserts go. I suppose that's why the serving suggestion shows it sprinkled with confectioner's sugar! Instead, I decided to add some thawed-out frozen blueberries (Trader Joe's again) and their juice. This was MUCH better. The pastry soaked that liquid right up and turned a lovely purple. It's also not really a 'cream' filling, but more of a paste, which is fine. I would have loved a little more almond flavor, but I found that developed more as these cooled. Not enough to my almond-craving levels, but still smooth and tasty. I think next time I'll whip up a little fresh whipped cream, too.

They're definitely worth another purchase--and at around 4 dollars, deliciously cheap eats! woo hoo!

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