Here in the US we have all heard of the famous king cake, but have you heard of the french version Galette Des Rois? Pronounced ga-let de-raw.
The galette des rois, celebrates Epiphany, which is the day the Three Kings (les rois) visited the baby Jesus. Traditionally served on January 6th but is available in french pastry shops and homemade throughout January in France. The pie has a top and bottom layer of puff pastry and inside is a delicious almond cream filling made of ground almond, eggs, sugar, and butter. Each pie has a hidden porcelain figure baked into it called a fève and upon purchase comes with a crown. It's just as fun to serve as it is to eat! Here's how it's served. Traditionally, the youngest family member (or guest) sits under the dining table and as each slice is cut they say who gets that piece. If your slice has the fève, you get to wear the crown and be king or queen for the day. This pie can be made a couple of days in advance as the filling can be made early (up to three days) until placed into the puff pastry. If you don't have a fève you can also use a bean and tuck it into the almond filling before you place your top layer of puff pastry down. Some people choose the decorate the top of the galette by using a sharp knife (such as a paring knife) and making a design lightly over the top as you would a loaf of bread. A beaten egg is then used as a wash atop to give it that beautiful brown crust. The pie can be served warm or even at room temperature. Be sure to tell your guests in advance about this so that they know what to expect when eating the pie. You can also add to the fun by having the children of the house decorate and make a homemade crown to be worn by whoever gets the fève!
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