If you think you can go on a diet right after the Christmas / New Year break, think again. The first weekend of the year celebrates Epiphany, which marks the day the 3 Kings – Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar – came to visit Baby Jesus and in France we eat the famous Galette des Rois or the French King’s Cake. The Galette des Rois is traditionally made of flaky buttery puff pastry and filled with a Frangipane, a creamy almond mixture. Nowadays, you will notice that a lot of Boulangerie / Patisserie like to mix and match new flavors for their Galette des Rois. I like to stick strictly to tradition because I love frangipane!
But not everyone likes the traditional Frangipane Galette, like in the case of my niece. This is why I decided to pick a Galette des Rois aux Pommes (Apple) from Picard.
Sold at 6.95 Euros for 4-6 parts, I thought it was reasonably priced. Although it was good, it really isn’t my cup of tea. I can’t help but think that I’m eating a Chausson aux Pommes / Apple Turnover, instead of the Frangipane one. Call me traditional if you want, but that’s simply how I feel.
Since last year, I’ve decided to make my own frangipane Galette des Rois. For one, it’s super easy to make, two – it costs way cheaper than buying one, and three – it’s more delicious!
- 150g butter, softened
- 150g sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150g almond powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon bitter almond extract
- 2 round puff pastry
- 1 egg yolk
In a big bowl, add the soft butter and sugar. Mix together. Incorporate 3 whole eggs and whisk well. Next, add the almond powder, vanilla extract, and bitter almond extract. Mix together well. Set aside.
Prepare the puff pastry. You will need two identical round ones. Transfer the frangipane mixture to the center of the puff pastry. Spread around, excluding the edges. Don’t forget to add a fève / little charm!
Water a bit the edges and cover with the second puff pastry.
Work on the edges so that it doesn’t open up when it is baking in the oven. I’m not much of an artist, so I tried my best to do something nice.
Don’t forget to poke several holes with the tip of a knife or fork.
Baby Girl wanted to assist me and asked if she could brush the top of the galette with the egg yolk.
Tip for parents: if your kids are picky when it comes to food, ask them to assist you in the kitchen. They’ll definitely want to try their creation!
Bake 30 minutes in a 200 degrees Celsius preheated oven.
Eating a Galette des Rois can be really fun especially if you follow its tradition. The Galette hides a little charm (be careful not to swallow this while eating your slice of galette!). At dinner time, the Galette des Rois is sliced according to the number of diners. The youngest member will hide under the table and decide who gets which slice of Galette so everyone has a fair chance of having the charm. When everyone has a slice, eat it carefully. Whoever has the charm is considered as the king/queen and gets to wear the crown. Of course, he/she will be teased to buy the next Galette des Rois.