January is coming, and I have to admit that this is probably the last king cakes for this year. It will be my little one’s birthday in a few days, and I have quite a list of sweets to prepare for the occasion. After that, it will be time to turn the page of the 2020 cakes. I already have a lot of ideas to try, and my adorable children are waiting for that.
For my mini cakes, I started with my usual recipe from Three-king cakes. I adjusted it a bit, then added a diced pear and dark chocolate chips on top. Simple as that. Adapting a recipe doesn’t have to mean making big changes. This little addition to the classic recipe gives a little taste of different but familiar at the same time. Make it individual and square to definitely make a change
The result is divine. The combination of almond, pear and chocolate is definitely a winner. To be repeated without hesitation!
MINI PEAR & CHOCOLATE KING’S CAKE
- 2 puff pastry homemade or store-bought
- 125 g almond powder
- 80 g of butter
- 60 g of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 pear cut into small cubes
- 40 g dark chocolate cut into nuggets
For the gilding
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon of milk
- Roll out your puff pastry to a height of about 2 mm, and form 16 squares of about 10 cm. Set aside in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare the cake.
- Work the butter with a fork. Add the egg and mix well.
- Mix in the flour and sugar. Then add the almond powder and mix until you have a smooth paste.
- Place 8 pieces of dough on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread the filling evenly over the surface of each pastry square, leaving a border of about 1 cm.
- Place the bean in the filling of one of the cakes.
- Moisten the edges of the dough with a very small amount of water, then place the remaining dough squares on top. Seal the dough by pressing your fingers on the edge.
- Put the patties in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
- Take out the mini patties. Brown them with the egg yolk mixed with the milk. Make a small hole in the center of each cake. Using a sharp knife, make the decoration of your choice on the top of the cake (you have to make cuts but be careful to avoid cutting the dough).
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until the mini patties are golden brown.