Roll, turn, chill, repeat. Making your own puff pastry requires a bit of a time commitment, but the actual steps are quite simple, and the results -- 729 tender, flaky layers in each bite -- are more than worth the effort.
Be prepared to be wowed when you take your Pithiviers out of the oven: From the golden-brown sheen of its decorative top to the intoxicating almond aroma emanating from its frangipane center -- this cake just might become your new favorite.
Sweet croustades make delicious, elegant desserts; see how easy it is to make your own with this recipe from "Bake! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking," by Nick Malgieri.Photo credit: Quentin Bacon