The Galette des Rois is one of my favorite French traditions, not to mention pastries, and this easy recipe uses store bought puff pastry to create this delicious treat. Galette des Rois is eaten on Twelfth Night, to celebrate the arrival of the Three Magi to visit the infant Jesus with gifts, and French kids getting theirs. The tradition is also fun. These delicious frangipane galettes have 2 beans hidden in them to represent the baby Jesus and the kings. Whoever finds one in their slice has to wear a paper crown and kiss their fellow ‘king,’ I have seen this bring many unlikely people together! Enjoy!
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Divide the puff pastry into 2 equal parts and form into a10 inch round. I find it easier to stretch store bought dough into shape by hand than by rolling, Lay one on the lined baking sheet and spread thinly with the apricot jam up to 1 inch from the edge.
- Beat the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in half the beaten egg. Gradually stir in the almond flour and rum essence if using. Spoon the mixture over the jam and spread it evenly to cover, up to 1 inch from the edge.
- Brush the raw edges of the pastry with water and cover with the second round. Press the edges together to seal. With a pastry brush, brush off any flour from the top of the galette. Lightly score the top of the pastry with a crosshatch pattern – it shouldn’t cut through. Generously brush the top and sides of the galette all over with the remaining beaten egg. Bake 30 minutes or until crisp, puffy and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.
1 14ounce box good quality frozen puff pastry, thawed according to packet instructions
1 tablespoon apricot jam
7 tablespoons sweet butter, at room temperature
¼ cup powdered sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten, divided.
1 cup almond flour
2 teaspoons rum essence (optional)