On January 6, many Catholics celebrate Epiphany, the day the Magi, or three wise men/kings visited baby Jesus. The French tradition is to enjoy a Galette des Rois, or king cake, on this day. It’s made with an almond filling, puff pastry crust, and presented with a paper crown. The lucky person to find a bean or charm called la fève baked in the galette gets to wear the crown and be king for the day!
Here’s my interpretation of Galette des Rois
- 2 rolls of pre-made puff pastry
- 1/2 cup of almond flour
- 1 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp of softened butter
- 2 eggs (1 for the filling and the other for egg wash)
- Heat oven to 425°F
- Mix the flours, sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and one egg
- Unroll the rectangular pre-made puff pastry dough onto a baking sheet. Take a lid of a pot and press lightly on the dough to get a nice outline of a circle. Cut along the outline. Repeat these steps with the second roll of puff pastry dough. (Save the excess dough to make other treats, like croissants!)
- Add the almond filling to the center of the puff pastry, leaving a border of about an inch all around
- Gently brush some egg wash along the border of the dough
- Top it with the second roll of puff pastry dough
- Using a small sharp knife, carve a design on the top, then brush egg wash on top to make the crust shiny
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let it cool for 20 minutes before serving
I found the almond flavor too mild (maybe I’ll leave out the vanilla extract next time!) Overall, it was fun making a Galette des Rois. The pre-made, store-bought puff pastry dough was definitely a time saver!
Bon appétit ! Bon week-end !