A galette des rois is a galette made of puff pastry and almond cream sometimes enriched with pastry cream (this mixture is called frangipane cream). Traditionally produced and consumed in France and in French-speaking countries (Quebec, Acadia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium or Lebanon) on the occasion of the Epiphany, on January 6 , the galette des rois originates from the Saturnalia during which the Romans designated a slave as “king for a day”. To distribute the portions of pancakes at random, it was customary for the youngest to sit under the table and name the beneficiary of the portion designated by the person in charge of the service.

Difficulty level : easy
Prep time : 5 min
Rest time :   –
Cook time : 30 min
Total time : 35 min
6 persons
2 puff pastry
1.3 cup (125 g) ground almonds 
1/2 cup (125 g) softened butter
2/3 cup (125 g) sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 bean

Steps :

  • Preheat the oven to 430°F / 220°C
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Butter lightly.
  • Unroll and arrange a circular shaped puff pastry
  • In a bowl, mix the almond powder, softened butter, sugar and 2 eggs until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  • Pour over dough to 1 inch (2,5 cm) from the edge of the dough.
  • Insert the bean.
  • Cover with the second dough and seal the two doughs. 
  • Make patterns on top with the tip of a knife.
  • Brown in the beaten egg yolk.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until it takes on a beautiful golden color.
  • Take out and let cool.
  • Serve and enjoy cold or warm.

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