Today is the Epiphany and it means one thing only for us Frenchies: time to celebrate with a “Galette des Rois” and hopefully be king or queen for a day, if we are lucky enough to find the “feve” in our slice of cake. SWEETTABLESCAPES has been making this galette for many years because a) it’s a family favorite that you traditionally enjoy ONLY in January and b) it’s an easy and delicious way to get back to baking after the crazy month of December!
This year we stuck to our standard recipe and used a great puff pastry because: No, we have not yet tackled the task of making our own….:-(
Keep one of those in your freezer and you’ll always be ready!
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)
Make your “frangipane” filling:
Pour this mixture into prepared tart dish (or spread on your circle of dough) and add your “feve”. We chose from our collection…
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.
As you can see, we didn’t seal the edges tight enough and some of the filling came out a bit.. Still tastes delicious!!
Since we had bits of leftover pastry dough, we decided to use them for miniature “galettes”. Place scraps of dough into mini-muffin pan, add spoonful of almond filling, cover with small piece of dough and bake for 15 /20 minutes. And voila: bite size galettes!!
Happy “Fete des Rois”!