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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.

French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe


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Epiphany is nearly upon us so I thought I'd share a super delicious, but really easy to make dessert that is so popular this time of year in France - the Galette des Rois or Three Kings Cake!

This is really a tart or pie sort of "cake" that dates back to medieval times, and is meant to celebrate the feast of the three wise men or three kings from the nativity of Christ. 

The Epiphany feast is held on the 6th of January each year, and this dessert is therefore eaten on this day of course, but folks start enjoying it as early as January 1st in my experience living in France. 

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French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe

The tart or kings cake is made with puff pastry that encases a creamy frangipane or almond cream filling. More traditionally, this filling recipe also has a crème patisserie element, but nowadays you mostly find it with the almond cream only.

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The galette des rois or kings cake is also meant to look like a crown, and it hides a "fève" or ceramic bean (treasure) inside it. The person who finds the bean is crowned the king for the day and wears a paper crown.

The galette des rois is often accompanied by any local sparkling wine (not Champagne) like Crémant de Limoux, Crémant d'Alsace etc.

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This recipe I'm sharing with you today is a slight variation from the recipe from a famous French chef called Cyril Lignac. My recipe is a tad simpler and you only need to mix all the frangipane ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon.

You can also flavor the frangipane with a little almond extract or vary the flavors by adding chocolate chips to the mix or a thin layer of chocolate spread to the base of your pastry too!

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Because this is such a simple and inexpensive recipe, my only suggestion to get a really tasty galette is to invest in a good quality, all butter pastry. If you can get a block of puff pastry and roll it out yourself, then I'd go for that option.

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In France, they sell ready-rolled round puff pastry that is super practical for tart recipes like this. But even then, you can get pastry that is rolled too thin, and your galette won't rise too much. So be sure to get a thicker pastry that would give nicer layers when baked!

Of course, if you can be bothered and know how, you can attempt to make your own puff pastry. but honestly, not even renowned chefs make their own puff pastry these days. So why bother, right?

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Anyways, hope you enjoy this recipe and feel inspired to have a go making it this winter! My kids LOVED this dessert served with crème anglaise or English custard, and I'm' thinking of making it more often throughout the Fall and winter season too!

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French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois

French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe - quick, easy , delicious dessert recipe for Epiphany and winter months celebrations! by BirdsParty @BirdsParty #galettedesrois #kingscake #epiphany #epiphanie #recipe #recipes #baking #frangipane #almonds #frenchrecipe #frenchpastry #frenchpatisserie
Yield: 4-6
Author: Bird's Party
Prep time: 35 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
French Almond Frangipane Galette des Rois or Kings Cake Recipe - quick, easy , delicious dessert recipe for Epiphany and winter months celebrations!

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 2 thick puff pastry rolls
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
Frangipane Filling
  • 100g of ground almonds
  • 12g of cornstarch
  • 80g icing sugar
  • 20g of milk
  • 80g of butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
Sugar Glaze
  • 100ml water
  • 100g sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
  2. Make the frangipane filling: In a bowl, combine the icing sugar, ground almonds, cornstarch and butter. Add the eggs, finish with the milk. Use a wooden spoon to mix all ingredients together into a thick cream. Set aside.
  3. Make the pastry egg wash: Mix the egg and egg yolk. Set aside.
  4. Make the sugar glaze: Pour the sugar and water into a saucepan, bring to a boil and set aside.
  5. Cut out 2 circles of puff pastry 20 cm in diameter.
  6. On a baking sheet, place a sheet of silicone or parchment paper, then add a disc of puff pastry and spread the almond cream on top, leaving about 2cm border all around.
  7. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash then add the second disc of dough and weld the edges together, pressing lightly with your fingertips.
  8. Indent the sides of the patty with the back of a knife to create a scalloped border.
  9. With a brush, lightly brush the top with the egg wash. Do NOT brush the side as it will prevent it from rising. Using the tip of a small knife, score the pastry nicely.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.
  11. When finished cooking, brush with the cooled sugar glaze.

Notes:

Serve warm with custard or ice cream!

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