When I did my two exchanges to France in high school, both times I went in January. In January, it’s quite common to enjoy a Galette des Rois – at least a couple…or more, if you like. At least we ate a TON with the family I stayed with (perfect for my sweet tooth)!
Though it’s a bit late in January, I knew that I wanted to celebrate a Galette des Rois whilst visiting my family and decided tonight seemed like the best night to break it out.
I found this recipe online at All Recipes (click). I’ve used a couple others, but this is one of the best and easiest I’ve seen – try it out if you’d like – it’s a good one.
The key ingredient in the galette is almond paste…be still my heart! This stuff smells and tastes amazing.
The other key ingredient is obviously the puff pastry.
Roll the puff pastry, cut to size in a circle, add filling.
Add a dried bean. The person who gets the bean is the “king”!
Top with second piece of puff pastry, press seams, brush with egg wash.
Top with confectioner’s sugar.
Bake a wee bit more till the top is golden brown.
Serve…and maybe work on some photography homework:
If you can’t tell by the numerous photos…I simply ADORE this cake! I have so many fond memories of my time spent in France with my wonderful French families. Enjoying this cake is like taking a slice out of history and reliving it for just a moment.
I had my cake with a little milk (hubby helped me finish this giant mug)
Nom nom nom
Slice #2 – enjoyed whilst getting cozy on the couch.
I could have stopped after the first slice, but it’s not every day you have a homemade Galette des Rois in the house, so I decided to just enjoy it.
Everyone in my fam loved it but no one got the bean! Guess someone noshing on one of the remaining 3 slices will be the king tomorrow!
Since we skipped right over lunch (or did we skip dinner?), I decided to have a snack later in the evening. I tried Kefir for the first time since my dad was cracking open the one they had in the fridge. I’ve always been afraid to try this stuff because I thought it may taste weird. It tastes like a drinkable yogurt. It was actually quite nice. I’d definitely buy this now that I know it’s yummy.
I also dug into leftovers from breakfast – a healthy blueberry muffin and some mini broccoli/parm frittatas.