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Galette des Rois Tradition and Recipe


On January 6th all over France, we celebrate Epiphany Day 12 days after Christmas with La Galette des Rois which is reminiscent of the biblical Christian tradition of the three wise men’s journey or Les Trois Rois Mages bearing gifts of gold, myrrh, and incense following the birth of Jesus. The three wise men or Kings were called Balthazar, Gaspard, and Melchior who followed the star to find Jesus in the manger.  The galette follows the tradition of the Tirage des Rois or the drawing of the King. Inside the galette, there is a little trinket or a fève.  Custom has it that the youngest child would hide under the table blindfolded and designate each piece of galette to be served to the guests. Whoever got the piece of galette with the hidden fève would be crowned King or Queen for the day and wear the Couronne d’Or or golden crown.

The traditional fèves ( the trinket, figurine, or bean hidden inside the galette)  in France is quite impossible to accidentally swallow because it is big!  In France, there’s a new theme out each year ( one year there was even a Coca-Cola theme or Disneyland!) These little porcelain figurines are becoming quite collectibles and did you know that collecting these fèves is called: Favophilie?

La Galette des Rois is an anticipated treat and it is sold throughout the month of January in bakeries or supermarkets. There are few galette variations some with fruits, nuts, or no filling depending on the region but my ultimate favorite galette is the galette filled with almond paste, not to be confused with the Frangipane filling which is half crème d’amande and half crème pâtissière.  Depending on how rich you want your galette you can adapt the recipe check out La Galette des Rois – 3 Easy Recipes.

In the North of France in  Normandy, la Galette is made of pâte feuilletée or puff pastry stuffed with a dense, creamy almond cream and crème pâtissière called frangipane. (personally, I prefercrème d’amande or pâte d’amande” which is just blanched almonds in powder, butter, sugar & eggs). In the south of France, you’ll be eating a brioche-style cake covered with candied fruits called Gateau des Rois.

Happy Epiphany Day!  Bonne Fête des Rois!

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French Macarons 10 Easy Steps Recipe


10 Easy Steps Recipe to Make French Macarons

It’s amazing how these delicious bites of heaven only contain 3 basic ingredients: almond flour, sugar, egg whites. Here are ten (10) easy steps to making authentic French Macarons. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the filling, the traditional filling is buttercream and you can also make a ganache.

Ingredients for the Macarons

  • 1 cup /150 grams ground almonds aka almond flour
  • 2/3 cup/75.3 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 medium egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup/50 grams granulated superfine sugar
  • 1 or 2 drops food coloring (if desired)

Ingredients for the Filling – Basic Buttercream

There are a variety of fillings from buttercream, to ganache with infinite flavor possibilities  from traditional to the more exotic (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, pistachio, Nutella, mango, orange, lemon, lavender, thyme, jasmine etc…)

  • 1 1/2 cups/340.5 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup/150 grams of powdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 300 F/140 C

Easy Directions

Step 1 – Mix the almond flour and powdered sugar together

Step 2 -Whip the egg whites, salt and sugar into a firm meringue consistency

Step 3 -Incorporate the almond mixture into the meringue gently folding

Step 4 Fill with the macaron mixture in a 1/3-inch (1cm) nozzle piping bag,

Step 5 – Pipe 1.5 inches rounds of Macaron mixture on a baking tray covered with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat)

Step 6 -Tap baking sheet on counter to eliminate air bubbles and let stand 15-60 minutes

Step 7 – Bake about 20 minutes

Step 8 – Make the filling mix the butter and powdered sugar

Step 9 – Fill a piping bag with your choice of filling

Step 10 – When cool assemble the macaron with filling in between

 

This is a cool silicone mat baking set to make your macarons:

 

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Galette des Rois – 3 Easy Recipes


This is an easy Galette des Rois recipe for Epiphany Day or La Fête des Rois which is a French tradition on January 6 read more about it here too. I’ve made several times at home and it is delicious. This is a basic list of ingredients with 3 variations for the almond filling that I adapt depending on if I am using almond paste or almond flour (grounded blanched almonds).  This galette is filled with almond paste, not to be confused with the Frangipane filling which is half crème d’amande and half crème pâtissière.  

#1 Basic Ingredients with Almond Meal 

  • Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry – 2 Sheets (aka pâte feuilletée)
  • 1  cup (100g) almond meal * 
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100g)  cup unsalted cubed butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g)  sugar
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract 
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk for egg wash 

#2 Basic Ingredients with Almond Paste 

 
  • Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry – 2 Sheets (aka pâte feuilletée)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) almond paste
  • 3 tbsp (45g) unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp (20g) powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp (5ml) almond extract
  • pinch  salt
  • 2 tbsp (15g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash

#3 Basic Ingredients with Both Almond Flour + Almond Paste 

  • 2/3 cup (170g)  or 7 oz almond paste
  • 6 tablespoons (100g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (40g)  unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) almond flour or very finely ground whole almonds
 
Optional Ingredients 
 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • some rum (optional)

Don’t forget your fève which can be a trinket, bean, or whole almond to crown your king or queen for the day! Find out more about the Tirage des Rois tradition.

 

Easy Directions

Step 1 – Use thawed puff pastry dough, roll out and cut into 2 circles (use a plate or round disk) and refrigerate till ready to fill or make your own pâte feuilletée

Step 2 – Make the crème d’amande filling using one of the recipes above, whip together butter cubes at room temperature with the sugar, add eggs one at a time, incorporate the almond flour (or soft almond paste), vanilla, orange zest, rum, and mix well to a creamy consistency, voilà!

Step 3 – Put it together, place the almond cream mixture in the center of the bottom puff pastry circle and spread leaving about an inch all around (add the fève, trinket, or plain almond) and cover with the second puff pastry circle. Pinch together the two dough circles and flatten with a spoon or dull side of the knife.

Step 4 – Decorate the top of the galette as you wish with a sharp knife and make little air holes around, brush with egg wash

Step 4 – Bake about 20-30 minutes until puffed and golden at 385F or 185C, let cool a bit

Step 5 – Enjoy warm!

 

 

 
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