|Lights twinkle in the Dining Room window of Maison des Pelerins at Christmas time|
|Decorated windows of a village house in Seguret|
|La Fete des Rois or Three Kings Feast is a very popular part of the Christmas celebration|
|Galette des Rois - this type made with puff pastry and Frangipane - a popular dessert ingredient in France|
|These Galettes are made as a crown shaped Brioche decorated with Baker's sugar and Confit Fruits|
|Crowns are an important part of the celebrations of the Fete des Rois|
The person who finds the féve in their piece of galette becomes the King and gets to choose the Queen or vice versa. Each galette, when purchased comes with two crowns and in our case, since our hostess had three galettes, we hobnobbed with quite a lot of Royalty at that party!
If you would like to celebrate along with our friends in France, here is a recipe for the Galette that you may wish to try. Don't forget to place a small (dried) bean somewhere in the galette so you will be able to find the King or Queen of your party!
La Galette des Rois - made with Puff Pastry & Frangipane
- 2 sheets of ready-made puff pastry
- 2 rounded tbsp apricot jam
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 2 tbsp cognac or dark rum
- Heat the oven to 400 deg.
- Divide the ready-made puff pastry in half, roll out each piece and cut into a 10 inch round. Put one round on a baking sheet and spread with the apricot jam to within 1 inch of the edges.
- Frangipane - Beat together the softened butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Stir in the ground almonds and cognac or dark rum.
- Spoon the mixture over the jam, spreading it evenly. Brush the edges of the pastry with water, then cover with the second piece, pressing the edges to seal. Mark the top of the pastry from the center to the edges like the spokes of a wheel or in a zig zag pattern, then brush with beaten egg.
- Bake for 25-30 mins until crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold.