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Galette des Rois (French King Cake) Recipe

Galette des Rois, is a traditional French cake made with almond cream and a hidden trinket.

a slice of Galette des rois with fork

Galette des rois, is a traditional French cake. The name translates as "king cake," and features a Fève a little hidden trinket. The person who finds the fève in their slice of cake is given King or Queen status for the day.


For the Almond Cream (Frangipane):

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 100g ground almonds

  • 1 tsp almond extract

For the Pastry:

  • 2 sheets of ready-rolled puff pastry

  • 1 egg (for egg wash)

  • Icing sugar (for dusting)

  • 1 fève (ceramic trinket)


  1. Prepare the Almond Cream (Frangipane):

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the softened butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • Stir in the ground almonds and almond extract until fully combined. Set aside.

  1. Prepare the Pastry:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) or Gas Mark 6.

  • Unroll one sheet of puff pastry onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. If necessary, roll it out slightly to ensure it is an even thickness.

  • Spread the almond cream evenly onto the centre of the pastry, leaving a border of about 2cm around the edges.

  • If using, place the fève somewhere within the almond cream.

  1. Assemble the Galette:

  • Brush the border of the pastry with a little water.

  • Unroll the second sheet of puff pastry and place it over the first, pressing the edges together to seal.

  • Use a knife to trim any excess pastry and ensure the edges are neat.

  1. Decorate and Bake:

  • Lightly score the top of the galette with a knife, creating a pattern (traditionally a spiral or diamond shape). Be careful not to cut through the pastry.

  • Beat the egg in a small bowl to make the egg wash. Brush the top of the galette with the egg wash.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and puffed.

  1. Finish and Serve:

  • Allow the galette to cool slightly on a wire rack.

  • Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

  • Remember to warn guests about the fève!

Where can I buy a fève in the UK?

We now have a range of cute animal fèves in the Maison Cherie online shop, made by a small independent French artisan business.

Enjoy your homemade Galette des Rois!


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