French Galette des rois

Because we don’t eat and indulge enough during the holidays, here’s an excuse for you to eat some more today, on January 6.  It’s a French tradition, la Galette des Rois, or Kings’ cake, is eaten on Epiphany Day.

No need to twist your arm to eat it, I promise.  It’s just amazingly good stuff.  A nicely golden puff pastry filled up with a frangipane.   Frangipane is a filling made with almond, it also has butter and sugar.  Admit it, you can’t go wrong.

La galette des rois is the reason you need to push your new year resolution to later.  How can you resist that buttery pie?

Galette des rois

Speaking of which, I am not a big believer in New Year resolutions, why do people feel like a resolution should be taken on a new year, new month or a new week? I know that there is this sense of clean slate but I kinda think I can be on a Tuesday, 14 of the month, in March? or July? Why not?

Regardless, El Cubano decides to get healthier since he tends to be the picky eater of the house and started exercising.  So to encourage him, while he exercises downstairs, I do cardio upstairs.  The kids love it, they jump for 30 minutes.  Let’s see how long we last!

Galette des rois

Back to this Kings’s cake, I took a few pictures along the preparation.  I don’t do it ofter but I’ll try to do this more.  I do like to see it on other blogs so…

First, some little hands helped me rolling down the dough.  My Princess was too cute!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognize those little colored fingernails, just like Maman.

Galette des rois the making
Galette des rois, the making

I don’t mean to put the fault on my daughter (kinda :)), I meant to make a nice decoration, French bakery like but she kept calling me and grabbing my arm.  Doesn’t matter, this did not alter the taste!

She’s been my little assistant lately and quality controller!

galette des rois the making

Please do join this French tradition!   Normally, in France, a mini charm would be hidden in the filling and the person getting it (without breaking a tooth) would be king or queen for the day.

How wonderful are we, French people? :)

French Galette des rois

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: almond, almond cream, frangipane, galette des rois, king’s cake
Servings: 6 mini galettes (5-inch diameter)
Author: Mélanie


  • 400 g of puff pastry
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 of a cup of white sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of ground almond
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk for the dough.


  • – Roll down the puff pastries and make 5” circles (I used a bowl), You should be to make 16 circles for 8 small pies.
  • – In a pot, melt the butter.
  • – In a bowl, put the sugars, the ground almond and mix. Pour the melted butter on it and whisk.
  • – Add the eggs one by one. You now have your frangipane.
  • – On 8 dough-circle, pour some frangipane, equally on all the dough.
  • – Cover the 8 pies with the other 8 circles you had left. Using a fork, press the borders to seal the pies.
  • – Take your egg yolk and with a brush, spread some of all the tops of the pies.
  • – Place in the oven at 380F for 20 minutes.

Galette des rois

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  • Reply
    Kim Osborne
    January 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve seen these in French Patisseries and always wondered what was inside! Now I know :)

    • Reply
      January 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Now you know Kim but you also need to try it ;)

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    [email protected] everybody loves pretty
    January 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Your Daughters little hands are so precious!! These lok delicious Melanie!!

    • Reply
      January 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Candice, i love those little fatty hands too :)

  • Reply
    January 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    These look delicious!

  • Reply
    January 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    So delicious! I love your daughter’s little hands helping you. Makes a great photo :)

    • Reply
      January 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you Melissa, she’s my little assistant!

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