January is that month when winter starts to spiral from holiday cheer into a freezing vortex of despair. With no more gifts and nothing left to celebrate, things start looking a little grim. But if you happen to be in France, you can soothe your winter blues with a galette des rois (AKA king cake, AKA that cake French people bake tiny babies inside).
This flaky, buttery, almondy slice of heaven is most famously eaten to celebrate Epiphany on January 6, but bakeries across France serve it throughout January. If you’re not in France, well, don’t worry. We’ve got your back with this recipe from our friends at The Food Channel.
- 2 round puff pastry sheets
- 1½ cups almond meal
- ½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup butter (softened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg yolk (diluted in a little water)
- 1 “feve”(small figurine you bake inside)
- 1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
- 2 Lay pastry on a floured board and cut each sheet into a circle.
- 3 Poke a few holes with a fork into one pastry sheet; this will be the bottom sheet.
- 4 Mix almond meal, sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla in bowl. Then Spread filling over bottom pastry, leaving the outer edge without filling.
- 5 Place the “feve” in the filling, near the outer edge. Then top with second pastry circle and press edges together with a fork. Make tiny holes in the top to let any steam escape during baking.
- 6 Brush with an egg yolk diluted in a bit of water. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown.