What better way to ring in a New Year (and decade!) than with a celebratory treat? Do as the French do, and celebrate with a traditional galette des rois, or “cake of kings.” This delicious almond pastry – served on the 6th of January – dates back to the 14th century, where is was first conceived to lure kings to the Epiphany, a Christian festival honoring the three wise men’s first visit to the baby Jesus.
Baked inside this frangipane-filled treat is traditionally a fève, or “bean.” The tart is divided into a slice per present guest, plus one extra. As is tradition, whoever receives the fève in their slice is crowned king or queen for the day, and may also pick their ruling partner.
Source a galette des rois from your local French bakery, or try your hand at making your own – it’s easier than you might think. I’ve included my favorite recipe below. Bonne Année!
INGREDIENTS for the Galette des Rois:
2 blocks ready-made puff pastry
2/3 cup/100g ground almonds
1/3 cup/70g softened butter
1/2 cup/100g sugar
1 soup spoon plain flour
1 soup spoon of rum
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C/400 deg F.
- Roll out the puff pastry into two large identical rounds. Place one onto the baking sheet.
- Mix together all the other ingredients (except for one egg yolk, this will be used for brushing the pastry case). Spread the almond mixture onto the first round, being careful to go no closer than half an inch to the edge.
- Carefully lay the second round of pastry over the top and seal the edges with a little water.
- Brush the top piece of pastry and round the sides with the remaining egg yolk.
- Bake in the oven till golden, for about 25 minutes.
- Enjoy! Note the galette can be eaten cold, but it is best slightly warm.
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