the recipe of the French dessert of the Epiphany

The galette des rois is a French dessert typical of Epiphany day. Different between the north and south of France for ingredients and preparation, the common aspect is the presence of a surprise in the dough.

The king cake (king cake) is a dessert that in France it is consumed above all on the occasion of the Epiphany. The ingredients they are different according to the production area and range from the simple puff pastry of the North to the pan brioche with candied fruit of the South.

Its name is a clear reference to the Magi, symbol of the holiday. The dessert of the French Epiphany hides a broad bean inside: the lucky one who finds it will be the king of the day, a bit like with the focaccia of the Piedmontese Epiphany.

Today we will see the recipe of the Galette des Rois with frangipani and puff pastry. A rich dessert as only the French can make!

King Cake
King Cake

Come prepare the galette des rois

  1. In a bowl, mix the butter with sugar. We advise you to use electric whisks.
  2. Add them the rum and the egg and keep mixing until you get a cream.
  3. Then add the almond flour mixing well with a spatula.
  4. Unroll the first disc of puff pastry on a flat surface and brush the edge with part of the egg yolk.
  5. Put the frangipane cream in a pastry bag and pour it in a spiral onto the disc of dough starting from the center of the pastry, keeping about 4 cm from the edge.
  6. Hide the whole almond (you can also use another fruit or a small object) e cover with the other disk.
  7. Seal the edges well then brush with the beaten egg yolk, a drop of milk or water and make light incisions without piercing the pastry on the surface of the cake, which goes outwards from the center in order to create a small decoration.
  8. Bake a 180°C for 30-35 minutes. It should be crunchy and shiny.
  9. Serve the king cake after it has completely cooled down. The lucky one who finds the almond will be the king of the day: treat him as such!

Another typical dessert of this time of year is the donut of the Magi, good and full of candied fruit!

The secret of the galette de rois: what it contains

As we have said, this dessert was born for festive moments, especially during the Epiphany period. It was used to get together, young and old, and have fun together in this last event of Christmas time. Initially by tradition, a broad bean or, as in our case, an almond was hidden in the dessert from the original French recipe. Over the years, however, the custom has changed and, now, it is more likely to find a small object or a small gift hidden inside the cake.

There is that he places a statuette of the Magi or of the Madonna, or a small casket with a small gift. The story of the galette de rois, then, foresees that it is the eldest member of the family who cuts the slices of the dessert, while the youngest without a peek will have to distribute them to all the diners to then discover who will be the lucky one to find the “hidden prize”.


We recommend keeping the dessert for maximum 1 day in the fridge. We advise against freezing in the freezer instead.

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