It is still time for a Galette des Rois! Why not bake one? It’s child’s play!

The Galette des Rois is a wonderful culinary tradition which you can experience after the Christmas treats and before the Carnival and its doughnuts!

The origins of this cake, which celebrates Epiphany, is actually Roman, not French.

The Saturnales parties were the once-a-year year opportunity to reverse established roles. Everybody (including the slaves) could become king for a day. A banquet was held and a cake hiding a lucky charm was brought to the table. The youngest person in the room would go under the table. Each time the person in charge of service wanted to offer a piece of cake, the child would give the name of one guest to whom it was to be served. . If the piece contained the lucky charm, the guest would be elected King for a day and could ask for whatever he wished. He could even choose and crown his queen!

This is how we did it when I was a kid as well! Being the youngest one in my family, I always loved this day! Depending on your home town, you could have different types of cake. In South of France, we normally have a brioche with candied fruits.

But the following is my recipe for the more common frangipani galette, which is very easy to prepare with the kids.

Galette des Rois (serves 8 kings or queens)

Ingredients:

  • 2 packs of rolled puff pastry
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g of ground almonds
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 125g of unsalted butter
  • 1 lucky charm (if you can’t find a ceramic one, you can always use a bean)
  • 2 home-made golden crowns
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6)
  2. Beat together the melted butter, ground almonds and sugar, with a fork, until you obtain a homogeneous dough. Add the 3 eggs to this mix.
  3. Separate the white and yolk of the last egg.
  4. Put the first round of puff pastry on a baking tray. Spread with the egg white to within 2cm of the edges.
  5. Spoon the mixture of egg, butter, sugar and almonds over the pastry, spreading it evenly. Now is the moment not to forget the lucky charm! If you forget it, you can still place it in the cake once it is baked by making a small hole under the pastry.
  6. Cover with the second piece of pastry and press the edges to seal.
  7. You can now draw on top of the pastry (being careful not to make a hole in it), then brush with the last egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

It is better to eat it still warm, so you can place it back to the oven a few minutes before starting to elect the king!

Have you tried it? Who was king for a day?

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