Galettes des Rois

Vine and the Olive Galette des Rois

Tomorrow, January 6th is Epiphany in France and over the last week, all the pastry shops go from the traditional yule log cakes, known as the bûche de noël, to the Galette des Rois! 

You might have heard about the cake with the hidden bean or “fève” that is placed inside this almond cream-filled pastry and if you should find it in your piece you get crowned king for the day!

I love a little tradition and this year I wanted to make my own, but instead of making a giant one I thought I’d make them in individual sizes. I might even try and see if I can freeze a couple… 

Thankfully, it’s quite a simple dessert to make and there’s no need to make your own puff pastry just roll out a couple packages, whip up a simple almond cream and in a half hour, you’re set!

*While in France, the porcelain “bean” is used, some like to put the more edible whole almond or a dried bean inside so no one breaks a tooth (though I’ve never heard of it happening.) This is also easier in the rest of the world where you may not find these little ceramic trinkets in the local kitchen shops or have any kicking around the cupboards from years past like we did.

Have you ever tried a galette des rois? What did you think? I hope a few of you might feel inspired to try it yourself now that you know just how simple it is and I’m told it’s perfectly reasonable to eat up until the end of the month, regardless that Epiphany will have passed. 

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Galette des Rois
Serves 4
Almond cream filled pastry fit for a king!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 rolls of puff pastry
  2. 100 g Ground Almond
  3. 50 g Butter Softened
  4. 80 g Sugar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 vanilla pod scraped (or a dash of vanilla extract)
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1 Whole Almond/dried bean/or porcelain "bean"
  1. Preheat the oven to 210C / 400F
  2. In a large bowl cream together your ground almonds, softened butter, sugar, whole egg and the vanilla beans from half a pod. Set aside
  3. Pull one of your puff pastry rolls out of the fridge and cut out four circles which will form your bases and place onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment.*
  4. Poke holes into the 4 circles using a fork.
  5. Fill the centres with equal portions of the almond cream leaving a centimetre around the edge clean and don't forget to put your hidden bean inside!
  6. Cut your remaining pastry dough into four circles to be placed on top of your prepared desserts
  7. Press the seams together with two fingers and push the edge in with a knife to seal all the way around. Next score the tops as you wish to create a pattern and be sure to puncture a few holes in the top so the steam can escape and your pastry will rise properly.
  8. Mix the egg yoke with a little water and brush the tops of the pastry covering the entire surface but be sure the holes can still breathe.
  9. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Mine were golden after 8 minutes at which point I put a loose piece of aluminum foil over the tops so they wouldn't burn and let it cook the remaining 12.
  10. If you make them ahead of time you can always preheat the oven just before serving and warm it up a few minutes before you dig in!
  1. *I made 4 but you could easily make one large round cake which is the classic way you buy them here. It's less work for you, but you'll want to invite more friends to come eat it with you!
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  • GrantJanuary 5, 2018 - 22:35

    Looks delicious !!  Enjoy and a late HNY to you as well. ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 6, 2018 - 14:28

      Yes, they really are! A little lighter than the store bought with a little less sugar and almond cream instead of Frangipane (which many places use because it’s cheaper.)
      Happy New Year to you and the family as well Grant!ReplyCancel

  • Susan baldwinJanuary 28, 2018 - 22:23

    I made this last night – delicious!  Just one big one, maybe I’ll start feeling comfortable working with puff pastry.  Love, mom


    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 29, 2018 - 18:00

      Oh I’m glad it worked out! Did you invite company?ReplyCancel

  • SusanJanuary 29, 2018 - 19:23

    Yes, June and Dennis came for dinner.  The pastry was a frozen block until we’d finished eating, but then it was quick to roll and put together.  We all loved it,


    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 30, 2018 - 17:58

      Good thing the pastry was ready on time! I’m glad to hear it was a hit, especially since you were making in the moment! Mind you, it is THAT easy…ReplyCancel


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