"Galette des Rois" (= King Cake) is a traditional French cake made and eaten on the Epiphany. Tradition holds that the cake is “to draw the kings” to the Epiphany. A figurine, “la fève”, which can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds the trinket in their slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake.

Ingredients :

1 stick butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup of sugar
2 sheets puff pastry    


Preparation :

1. Do the Frangipane : Grind almonds in food processor. In a bowl, beat sugar and butter. Add 2 eggs and almonds.

2. Butter a flat baking sheet. Unfold puff pastries and using a pie pan as a template cut into two circles. Lay one circle on buttered sheet and spread Frangipane in the middle. Place a dried fava bean or ceramic figure in the Frangipane.

3. Using the last egg : with egg white, paint the edges of the dough. Place the other dough circle on top and seal the edges very tight.

4. Brush top with egg yolk.

5. Bake about 25-30 minutes at 375°F.