Pink praline pie / Tartes aux pralines roses

A girly dessert and a Marshall of France

A specialty from the city of Lyon, popularized by the great chef Alain Chapel, the one who inspired the title of this blog, the pink praline pie is made from... pink pralines. Unlike the pralines in Louisiana and in the US, the French pralines, invented by a certain Clément Jaluzot, who was the cook of the Duc de Choiseul known as Maréchal du Plessis-Praslin (hence the name) in the 17th century, are just made of a nut (hazelnut, almonds...) coated with sugar, a bit like a Jordan almond.

Thus, the Lyon pink pralines are just an almond coated with natural pink-tinted sugar. I ordered mine at L'Épicerie (www.lepicerie.com). Although those available (40% of almonds) were supposedly not to be used for baking (20%), but just as candies, they work fine for this pie. I just used less cream (200g instead of 250g -tant pour tant- normally).


- for the crust:
  • 250g of AP flour
  • 125g of room temperature butter
  • 50g of powder sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch of salt
- for the filling:
  • 250g of crushed pink pralines
  • 250 g of heavy cream (with 20% pralines)

The crust:

  • Mix flour, sugar, butter and salt till obtaining a granulous texture (hence the term "sablé", i.e. of a sand texture in French).
  • Add the egg and mix till obtaining a consistent dough (the flat beater will start to "force").
  • Finish aggregating and shape the dough by hand, and keep it at least 1 hour in the fridge.
  • The crust is made classically (just let it rest 15 minutes in the fridge once in the mold and punch the bottom with a fork) and bake for 25 minutes at 350 F.

The filling:

  • Mix 250g of crushed pink pralines and 250 g of heavy cream
  • Bring this mix to a temperature of 225/230F (maximum). Plan a big enough pan as it at least triples its volume when you near the 230F. Monitor the temperature carefully.
  • At 225F/230F, take out of the burner and let cool down till it is lukewarm and becomes syrupy, but still fluid.
  • Then pour it in a pâte sablée crust (shortcrust pastry) previously cooked and cooled down.
  • Keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours, the time for this pink caramel to cool down and to cure.
Get out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving. Delicious...