GALETTE DES ROIS

January 06, 2013





galette des rois

seeing as i adore the French culture, I decided to embark on my first ever puff pastry making experiment by celebrating the feast of Epiphany, which is a special day in France on the 6th January every year. Named after the three kings, Galette des Rois literally means "King's Cake" (not so exciting en anglais..) 

Using a simple frangipane almond paste sandwiched between two round layers of beautiful puff pastry, a dried or ceramic bean is usually hidden within the frangipane for someone to find later on. Whoever gets the slice with the bean in it is named King (or Queen) for the day. 

In France, you can now buy all sorts of decorative figurines to place inside this delicate galette. Just make sure you warn everyone to watch out for something hard, otherwise you may spend Sunday afternoon in A&E or at the dentist. 

I made my own puff pastry for this, though you can use a good-quality shop bought ready-made puff instead. 

Find the recipe in Richard Bertinet's book Pastry.

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