Updated: Jan 22
Cook along with Chef Gary as he demonstrates how to make this beautiful Galette des Rois on Saturday January 23 at 1 pm Vancouver time. Please RSVP at Theosfeast.com/events to receive the live video link. We are excited to bake this wonderful tart along with our Theo's Feast Community. This event is free and open to everyone.
A Galette des Rois is a traditional French tart that is enjoyed all over France in January to celebrate Epiphany. Epiphany, is the 12th day of Christmas and it’s also known as 3 Kings (Rois) Day, or the Feast of Epiphany. It’s the day that the Eastern & Catholic Church celebrate the 3 Wise Men or Kings visiting Jesus with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
France is a very secular country now but every year traditional Galette des Rois fill pastry shop windows, and are enjoyed all over the country. Particularly on January the 6th. The tart is round and gold in colour representing a Kings crown and it's made of puff pastry and filled with an almond frangipane filling. It’s also a tradition to hide a Feve’ in the tart. A Feve’ is often a small, porcelain figurine of a baby, a bean or a whole almond. This represents the baby Jesus. Whoever finds the feve in their piece of galette is crowned the King or Queen of the Feast. That person has to then prepare or purchase the next Galette De Rois for the next party.
Many countries have their own version of this tradition and a tart to go with it. In Spain they celebrate Epiphany with a donut shaped Brioche (Sweet Bread) with candied fruit and crystallized sugar called a Roscón de Reyes. Epiphany is a significant holiday in Spain that includes parades, gift giving and a Feast in the evening.
King cakes are also popular in the southern US in January as Epiphany kicks off the beginning of Mardi Gras where King cakes are everywhere. The American version of the King Cake is similar to the Spanish as it is a sweet woven brioche ring. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors - purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake.
So we took inspiration from each of these three different versions into our Theo’s Feast Galette Des Rois. Our cake incorporates the french puff pastry with a purple blue berries, green pistachio and the gold comes from the traditional Almond Frangipane filling.
It’s simple to make, delicious to eat and easy to share.
Galette de Rois Recipe
This recipe makes two 9” tarts. Each tart serves up to 8 people.
Prep time is 45 minutes plus and additional an hour for chilling, baking and cooling.
1 - 2 boxes of frozen puff pastry - Thawed. Store purchased puff pastry varies in size and quality. I prefer to use the Seven Days brand puff pastry as it has 2 large sheets with higher quality than most other brands I have used. You will want enough puff pastry to make 4, 9-10 inch round disks to make 2 tarts.
3/4 cup of pure Maple Syrup for glazing the tart.
Traditional Frangipane Filling
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup (85 grams) confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup (85 grams) almond flour
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, or vanilla paste
1 tablespoon spiced rum (optional)
Working with a mixer or by hand, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and light. Beat in the almond flour. Mix in the eggs followed by the spiced rum (optional) and the vanilla extract. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Theo’s Feast inspired Purple and Green Frangipane filling:
Blueberries are a beautiful purple, and Pistachios are nice and green. We simply mix these two ingredients into the above frangipane base to achieve our 3 Mardi Gras inspired colours of Purple, Green and Gold.
Purple Blueberry Frangipane Ingredients:
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons of red wine (optional) or water.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch cloves
1 pinch ground star anise
In a small saucepan mix the blueberries with the spices and red wine. Heat on medium low heat until the blueberries simmer and burst. About 10 minutes. Lightly break up the blue berries with your spoon. Cool the Blueberry sauce in the fridge.