Friday, 6 January 2012


Today the kings finally completed their journey round the house and made it to the stable (there was a photo but E deleted it as I am having to use the girls camera as I left my card reader at my parent's house). They will be there for a day before they will be packed away for another year! Also we are sadly taking down our Christmas decorations and packing away our Christmas books. To cheer ourselves up I and G are making a Galette des Rois (a traditional twelfth night cake). What is great, is that for the most I can shout instructions and play/feed P whilst they get on with it!

  • 110g  caster sugar
  • 110g ground almonds
  • 100g  unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 bean or a porcelain favour (la fève) - actually we used a 50p
  • About 450g puff pastry, home-made or shop-bought
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Mix together the sugar and almonds. Add the butter and beat well until creamy and well-mixed. Gradually add the 3 eggs, beating well after each addition. Finally mix in the rum and the 50p. Now divide the puff pastry in half and roll out on a well-floured surface to make two circles each about 25cm across. Place one circle of pastry on a well-greased baking sheet.
Spoon the creamed mixture onto the pastry, leaving an edge about 2cm wide. Beat the egg yolk and milk together to create a wash and brush it around the edge of the pastry. Place the other circle of pastry on top and press the edges together to seal. Cover and leave in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 180°C. Brush the galette with the remaining egg wash. Using a small sharp knife cut a scallop pattern around the edge of the pastry and a star pattern from the centre. Bake for about 40 minutes or until well-risen and golden. Brush immediately with a sugar syrup made by dissolving 55g caster sugar in ¼ pint water and bringing to the boil.

Tradition says the youngest person sits under the table and calls who should get each slice and the person that finds the favour should wear a crown and be king (or queen) for the night

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