I love learning new foodie terms and my latest is "pithivier", which is defined as a round, enclosed pie, usually made with puff pastry. The filling is often a sweet frangipane, but those with savory fillings may also be called pithiviers. It is traditionally finished with a shine to the crust from either an egg wash or a thin layer of carmelized sugar at the end of cooking.
This Pear Pithivier was Robin Levinthal's offering on Top Chef's Restaurant Wars episode last week.
It looks delicious and the judges said it was the best dish Robin had made so far!