Epiphany means “appearance” or “manifestation” and is a holiday celebrated in many countries on January 6th or the first Sunday of January after New Year’s in honor of the Three Kings visiting baby Jesus.
In France, over the years, it has become less religious and is the day we celebrate as a family around a “galette des rois” (King’s Cake) and play the game of “drawing kings”… A little porcelain figurine (called a “fève”) is hidden inside (sometimes it is a baby Jesus, but it could be anything from Peanut to Bart Simpson); the person that finds the figurine in their slice of the cake becomes king or queen for the day!
They have to wear a crown and others are to obey their orders (usually no more than bringing coffee or food to them for the day).
Recipe for the “Galette Des Rois” (Classic, with almond paste inside)
Ingredients (for 4 to 6 people) :
– 2 flaky pastry sheets (pâtes feuilletées)
– 100 g of almond mill (crush almonds in mixer)
– 75 g of sugar
– 1 egg
– 50 g of butter (soft)
– a few drops of almond extract
– 1 egg yolk to brush the galette for a golden touch.
Pre-heat the oven at 400°F (210°C). Display one of the dough sheet on a baking sheet covered with wax paper, and make a few holes with a fork.
In a bowl, mix all ingredients (almond powder, sugar, egg, softened butter, almond extract).
Spread that mix on the dough, add the porcelain figurine, and put the second sheet of dough on top and closer ends very tightly with water.
Draw lines with knife, and brush with egg yolk (diluted with a little bit of water). Pierce a few holes with fork so the air can escape during the baking.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until the galette is nicely goldened.
Enjoy warm with your family or friends. This can be prepared ahead of time and reheated at 350°F for 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Bonne épiphanie!!