This is traditionally shared on the twelfth night, 6th January to celebrate the arrival of the three wise men to Bethlehem. It’s a puff pastry pie filled with frangipane, really delicious, indulgent and so easy to make. I loved this pie before turning vegan and am so happy that I can still enjoy it!
Ingredients, serves 8
400 grams ready rolled puff pastry
2 tablespoons apricot jam
100 grams vegan margarine
100 grams caster sugar
Half a banana, mashed
100 grams ground almonds
2 tablespoons cognac, optional
Preheat the oven as per pastry instructions.
Beat together the margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add the banana, cognac and almonds and mix well.
Roll out the puff pastry and cut two circles 25cm in diameter. Assemble one circle onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Spread the jam onto the pastry circle leaving a 2cm gap around the edge. Then spread the frangipane mixture on top of the jam. Wet the edge of the pastry with water before placing the 2nd circle of pastry on top and sealing it.
Score a pattern onto the top of the pie without piercing it, maybe the spokes of a wheel or zigzag. Then brush over the top with some vegan milk before baking in the oven as per pastry instructions. Usually takes about 25 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and browned. I have been known to eat half a pie in one sitting! Enjoy!
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