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Sacristains Sweet and Decadently Easy Recipe

In religious terms, the role of a sacristan is clear. This person is essentially wholly responsible for the church and its contents. However, in recipe terms, sacristains (French word) is a little harder to classify, and the origins are equally mysterious. Made with puff pastry (pâte feuilletée) layers of sugar and almonds and a quick trip to the oven make this crispy treat…heavenly. Easily a decadent breakfast or sweet snack it’s hard to pigeon-hole this recipe other than to say, you will love it.

Sacristains Sweet Easy Recipe Finished

Sacristains French Treats

This recipe is easy to make and a delicious (ok decadent) sweet treat. Use a roll of prepared pâte feuilletée (puff pastry) that you buy in the grocery store in France.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breads
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 8 people


  • 1 roll Pate feuilletee Puff Pastry
  • 1 Jaune d'Oeuf Egg Yolk
  • 1 tbsp d'Eau Water
  • 3/4 cup Sucre Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Amandes Effilées Slivered Almonds
  • for dusting Sucre Glace Icing Sugar


  • Pâte feuilletée que l'on a coupé en bandes de 2 à 3 cm de large. (Cut the puff pastry into strips 2 to 3 cm wide).
  • Étaler du jaune d'oeuf qu'on a mélangé avec un peu d'eau. (Brush the pastry with egg yolk beaten with a little water.)
  • Saupoudrer de sucre, puis parsemer d'amandes effilées. (Sprinkle the pastry with sugar, then sprinkle with slivered almonds.)
    Sacristains Sweet Easy Recipe Prep
  • Faire des torsades avec les bandes de pâtes et mettre au four th.8 au maximum 15 mn. (Twist the pastry strips and bake in the oven at 450F (230C) for a maximum of 15 minutes.)
    Sacristains Sweet Easy Recipe Prep
  • Rester près du four et surveiller parce que ça cuit très vite. (Stay close to the oven and watch because it cooks very fast.)
  • Saupoudrer de sucre glace. (Dust with icing sugar.)
  • Encore plus vite mangé que ça n'est fait.(Eat quickly, even faster than it takes to make.)


Bake on parchment paper for easy clean-up.
Keyword Almonds, Puff Pastry
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Agathe Forest is the face behind the blog Live & Love Provence. I discovered her gorgeous photos and delicious recipes by stumbling across her Instagram feed. Warning! It will make your mouth water.

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  1. Shawn
    April 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to the newsletter

    • April 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm — Reply

      We hope you enjoy it!

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