Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas! We are still celebrating here, and I had the best time making my first Galette des Rois, the traditional dessert enjoyed on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany. I love this cake, and was delighted with the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. It was clear and easy to follow and came out beautifully. Delicious, too.
I was more familiar with the yeast-dough King Cake beloved in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf South, which is a circle of sweet brioche dough, often filled with cinnamon, almond paste, or other fancy flavored treats, and crowned with white icing decorated with the Mardi Gras Colors of gold, green, and purple. This galette des roi is elegant and serene. Both include a small favor, which might be a ceramic figurine, a coin, a charm, or in New Orleans, a little plastic baby which is included in the package by vendors and bakers who sell King Cakes.
I tucked an apricot in my galette des rois, since I had them and they are golden and round, very auspicious. My back up plan was a big pecan half.
You glaze the entire top with a simple egg yolk-water mixture. A little goes around the border next to the almond filling, to help seal up the two layers of buttery, flaky, handsome and delicious pastry. My glaze was splotchy, not as even as it should have been.
I took this photo after I had already put my galette into the oven to begin its baking time. I wanted a “Before” picture, but forgot. It has started to rise and also to separate, and at this point I was discouraged. But I let it bake and despite ways to go I have in the presentation and beauty and technique department, my galette came out handsome and golden, and I am thrilled and proud. I plan to make this again, so that I become very familiar with the wonderful dough and almond filling. I imagine letting it chill after shaping it would be a good thing — in this case, I needed to get it right in the oven so no chance to do that, and the recipe did not call for it.
If you’d like to check out this recipe on the King Arthur Flour website, click HERE!
It’s a glorious cake, fitting for a milestone day like the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Hope it’s been a good one for you, and that you are strolling into the new year with confidence, comfort, health, big dreams, fun plans, and joy. Happy New Year, and hope you get the prize!