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Galette des Rois

January 22, 2012

January is the time of the year when all french people eat the “Galette des Rois” which is a puff pastry cake with frangipane filling.

There are actually two versions of the “Galette des Rois”, one with the puff pastry and frangipane filling, and one brioche version with candied fruits. In northern France you’ll find more the puff pastry version while the brioche version has its origins from the southern France. But personally I prefer the puff pastry one..

Inside the Galette a figure, “la fève” is hidden. This little figure can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character. Tradition says the person who finds the little figure in their slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake.

Here’s the recipe:

Puff pastry

Frangipane:

100 g of grounded almonds

1 dl sugar

100 g of soft butter

1 tablespoon of Amaretto

Orange zest from 1/2 orange

1 egg

Just put everything in the mixer until you get a smooth texture. Fill half of the puffpastry with the frangipane, and cover with the other half of pastry.

Bake in the oven for about 20 min!

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