“Galette des Rois” recipe : a French tradition for the Epiphany

January 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every year here at SWEETTABLESCAPES, we get so excited to make our “Galette des Rois”. The flaky pastry dough and the delicious almond/sugar/egg/butter mixture called “frangipane” are one of our favorite desserts and even though we could really make it all year round, we look forward to the month of January where it is ubiquitous in every French bakery and on most tables , come Sunday dinner.

We gave you all the details on this tradition here but today, we are sharing our recipe!

Galette des Rois:

1 1/2 cups blanched almonds, finely ground

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 puff pastry circles (Pillsbury pie sheets are great)

Roll out one sheet of pastry dough and pat it down into a tart dish.

Make your “frangipane” filling:

Mix ground almonds with butter until smooth, add sugar, vanilla, egg, (one TBsp of rum if you wish) and almond extract. Mix thoroughly until smooth.

Pour this mixture into prepared tart dish and add your “feve”. (DO NOT GIVE TO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN : CHOKING HAZARD!!)

Cover with second pastry dough circle. Squeeze edges shut with your fingers. Carve design onto pie with blunt side of a knife to decorate top.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. While pie is refrigerated, preheat oven to 350F.

Spread eggwash (one egg and a tbsp water) onto the pie.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

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