Cakes

Galette des Rois (French King Cake)

In France, on the fes­ti­val of Epiphany on Jan­u­ary 6, it is cus­tom­ary to eat a King cake called Galette des Rois (roi means king, in French). The galette is a puff pas­try filled with frangi­pane. It con­tains a small hid­den object (usu­al­ly, a small fig­urine or a bean). Who­ev­er gets the slice with the hid­den object is the king or queen for the day, and wears a crown. This is a super fun tra­di­tion that kids love!

galette des rois

Ingredients

I used a store-bought puff pas­try. The best puff pas­try I was able to find in the US is from the Dufour brand (you can find it at Whole Foods). There are oth­er puff pas­tries that will work fine, such as the Pep­peridge Farm puff pas­try. Wewal­ka and Avan­ti also make good puff pas­tries.

You will need 2 disks or sheets of puff pas­try. The galette des rois is tra­di­tion­al­ly round. If your puff pas­try is rec­tan­gu­lar, you can just cut it in a cir­cle, or make a rec­tan­gu­lar galette.

Recipe

The recipe I am using is from famous French chef Cyril Lignac. His recipe is par­tic­u­lar­ly deli­cious. I con­vert­ed mea­sure­ments to cups to make it eas­i­er for you to make in the US. Also, instead of using an actu­al vanil­la bean, I used vanil­la extract, which is eas­i­er.

Please note, there are 2 steps to mak­ing the frangi­pane: first, you make a cream called crème patis­sière, and then you make an almond paste. The frangi­pane is the mix­ture of the crème patis­sière and the almond paste.

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Galette des Rois (French King Cake)
Recipe from Cyril Lignac.
galette des rois
Course Dessert
Cui­sine Hol­i­day
Prep Time 20 min­utes
Cook Time 40 min­utes
Pas­sive Time 1 hour
Serv­ings
peo­ple
Ingre­di­ents
For the crème patis­sière (fill­ing)
For the almond cream (fill­ing)
For the cake
Course Dessert
Cui­sine Hol­i­day
Prep Time 20 min­utes
Cook Time 40 min­utes
Pas­sive Time 1 hour
Serv­ings
peo­ple
Ingre­di­ents
For the crème patis­sière (fill­ing)
For the almond cream (fill­ing)
For the cake
galette des rois
Instruc­tions
For the crème patis­sière (part of the fill­ing)
  1. First, make the crème patis­sière. In a big bowl, mix the eggs with the sug­ar and the all pur­pose flour.
  2. Boil the milk. Once the milk is boil­ing, add it to the mix­ture. Mix.
    creme patissiere mixture
  3. Pour the mix­ture in a pot, and mix with a whisker on low heat for about 3 min­utes, start­ing when it starts boil­ing. Do not stop mix­ing. It should become creamy. This is your crème patis­sière. Pour the cream in a bowl, cov­er with plas­tic wrap, and let it cool down in the fridge for a min­i­mum of 1 hour.
    creme patissiere
For the almond paste (part of the fill­ing)
  1. Mix the soft­ened but­ter with the sug­ar and almond flour. (If you have a hard time mix­ing, you can mix with your hands, which is eas­i­er.) Add the egg yolks. Mix.
    almond paste for galette des rois
For the frangi­pane (cake fill­ing)
  1. Mix the crème patis­sière with the almond paste. The mix of the 2 is the frangi­pane. Add the vanil­la extract and mix.
    frangipane for galette des rois
Putting togeth­er the cake
  1. Pre­heat oven to 390 degrees Fahren­heit.
  2. Place a puff pas­try disk on a sheet of parch­ment paper. (If your puff pas­try is rec­tan­gu­lar, cut a cir­cle to make a disk). Pour the frangi­pane in the mid­dle of the disk, so you have an inner cir­cle cov­ered in frangi­pane, as pic­tured. On the part of the puff pas­try that has no frangi­pane (the out­er cir­cle), brush a lit­tle bit of water with a pas­try brush (this will allow the top puff pas­try to stick to the bot­tom puff pas­try).
    frangipane on puff pastry (galette des rois)
  3. Put your hid­den object in the frangi­pane. Place anoth­er puff pas­try disk on top of your disk with frangi­pane so as to cov­er it. Press with your fin­gers on the sides, all around the disk, to ensure the top disk sticks to the bot­tom disk.
    galette des rois prior to egg wash
  4. With a pas­try brush, apply an egg on the top puff pas­try (egg wash). With a knife (the non-sharp side of the knife), make lit­tle spi­ral­ing lines on the disk, start­ing from the cen­ter.
    galette des rois prior to baking
  5. Place your galette with the parch­ment paper on a bak­ing pan. Bake in oven for 10 min­utes at 390 degrees Fahren­heit. Low­er the tem­per­a­ture to 350 degrees Fahren­heit, and con­tin­ue bak­ing for an addi­tion­al 30 min­utes. Enjoy warm.
    galette des rois
Recipe Notes

Note: if you need to warm up your galette des rois, bake it for 10 min­utes at 300 degrees Fahren­heit.

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French Mom


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4 thoughts on “Galette des Rois (French King Cake)

  1. Very savvy and enlight­en­ing king sto­ry. Espe­cial­ly when it is freez­ing out­side, it makes the whole fam­i­ly enter­tained and hap­py.

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