I’m pleased to be back with you to share a real treat, an easy recipe for an irresistible “galette des Rois” (Three Kings cake).
Like chocolate at Easter, the galette des Rois is an unmissable seasonal gourmet tradition that we asbolutely love.
This cake is eaten as a dessert during the month of January, from 7th January onwards.
So, aprons on!
But before starting, I also wanted to wish you all a happy new year with lots of happiness, a hint of craziness and a touch of success, all well mixed with love and friendship.
RECIPE: “MY PANDA KING GALETTE” for 8 people, although for me personally it’s so good that it only serves 6!
- 2 packs ready-made puff pastry, to keep things simple.
- 125 g caster sugar
- 125 g butter, softened
- 125 g ground almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 organic lemon or a vanilla pod
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 fève (pudding token) to designate the king or queen of the day.
Preparation time (20 minutes)
COOKING TIME: 40 minutes (keep a close watch on it!)
First, as in any recipe that needs to go in the oven, preheat the oven to 200° C (gas 7).
You must remove the 2 packs of puff pastry from the fridge. BEWARE: the pastry needs to be at room temperature so you can roll it out or move it around easily.
1- Start by beating the well-softened butter with the sugar and salt. Make sure your mixture is smooth, slightly fluffy.
2- Add the 2 eggs with the zest of the lemon or the vanilla pod.
3- Add the almond powder and mix well.
4- Unroll the first pack of pastry and place it in your cake tin, retaining the baking sheet.
5- Pour your “gourmet” mixture into the tin and spread it evenly over the pastry.
6- Add the fève. (If you don’t have one from previous years, ask your baker).
7- Cover the whole thing with the second piece of puff pastry and use your fingers to seal the two pieces of pastry like a hem.
8- Brush the entire surface of your cake with the egg yolk;
9- And finally, use a knife to draw patterns on the cake and especially, pierce the pastry with the tip of your knife so it doesn’t puff up too much.
The origin of the galette des Rois:
It is said that the galette des Rois originated in Roman festivals celebrating the god Saturn and the sun, when anyone could be designated king for a day and have the chance to do whatever they liked. This is why there is a token hidden in the cake. But there is another legend that says that whoever finds the token must offer everyone at the table a round, which nowadays means to give them a galette des Rois.
So, play fair, don’t swallow the fève, make my “panda king galette”, and you’ll amaze your family and friends. Bravo!