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Homemade Galette des Rois

Discover how to make a traditional Galette des Rois with our step-by-step recipe. Bring the French Epiphany tradition into your home with this delicious puff pastry and almond cream delight.

March 28, 2024
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 60 mins



Prepare the Frangipane

  1. In a bowl, mix the ground almonds and sugar.
  2. Add the softened butter and blend until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract and rum. Set aside.

Assemble the Galette

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
  2. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the frangipane mixture over the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
  4. Place the charm or dried bean somewhere in the frangipane.
  5. Cover with the second sheet of puff pastry, pressing down the edges to seal.
  6. Use a knife to create a decorative pattern on top and brush with beaten egg for a golden finish.

Bake the Galette

  1. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed up.
  2. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Galette des Rois
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35 g44.9%
Protein 10 g20%
Sodium 200 mg8.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Keep the puff pastry cold until you're ready to use it, as this helps achieve a flakier crust.
  • Press the edges of the pastry sheets firmly together to prevent the frangipane from leaking during baking. You can use a fork to crimp the edges for added security and decoration.
  • When placing the charm or bean, embed it away from the center to reduce the risk of slicing into it when cutting the galette.
  • When creating your design on the top pastry layer, gently score the pastry without cutting all the way through.
  • For a glossy finish, brush the top of the galette with beaten egg twice: once before you score the pastry and once afterward. For more, check out our ‘What Is Egg Wash?’ article.
  • Poke a small hole in the center of the top layer to allow steam to escape, which prevents the filling from becoming soggy.
  • Allow the galette to rest for at least 20 minutes before serving; this helps set the filling.
  • Ovens can vary, so keep an eye on your galette as it bakes to prevent over-browning.
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Immerse yourself in French culinary tradition by baking your own Galette des Rois, or King's Cake, a classic pastry celebrated during Epiphany in January. This delectable treat consists of flaky puff pastry layers filled with rich, sweet almond cream, known as frangipane. According to tradition, a small charm or 'fève' is hidden inside, and whoever finds it becomes the king or queen for the day. Follow this recipe to create a festive and flavorful Galette des Rois that will be the crown jewel of your Epiphany celebration.

Origins of The Galette des Rois

The Galette des Rois, a celebrated French delicacy, marks the Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season, specifically celebrated on January 6th. This tradition, rich in history and flavor, dates back to the 14th century in France and has since become a beloved ritual in French homes and bakeries alike. The "Kings' Cake," as it is translated, embodies the Three Wise Men's visit to the baby Jesus, with the hidden charm inside the cake representing the 'king' for the day. This custom has spread beyond France, adopted by various cultures, each adding their unique twist, yet the essence remains rooted in French culinary tradition.

The traditional recipe for Galette des Rois involves two layers of buttery puff pastry filled with a sweet almond frangipane. However, regional variations exist, such as in the south of France, where a brioche-style cake adorned with candied fruits is preferred. Despite these variations, the almond-filled galette remains the most recognized version. The inclusion of the charm, or 'fève,' has transformed over the years from a literal bean to a variety of porcelain or plastic figurines. The person who finds the fève is crowned king or queen for the day, adding to the festivity and excitement surrounding this dessert.

Making a Galette des Rois at home can be a rewarding experience, and following an easy Galette des Rois recipe makes it accessible to bakers of all levels. While the traditional recipe may seem daunting, many find joy in the process, from rolling out the puff pastry to crafting the rich almond filling. Modern takes on the recipe sometimes incorporate chocolate, fruit fillings, or nut variations, catering to different tastes while maintaining the classic presentation. Whether you stick to the time-honored recipe or experiment with new flavors, creating your Galette des Rois allows you to partake in a storied tradition and bring a piece of French heritage into your kitchen.

What To Serve with Galette des Rois?

Galette des Rois, a traditional French pastry enjoyed during the Epiphany season, pairs well with various accompaniments.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Galette des Rois:

How To Store Galette des Rois?

Properly storing your Galette des Rois ensures it remains delicious and maintains its texture. Here's how to keep it fresh:

Short-Term Storage:

  • Allow the Galette des Rois to cool down to room temperature before storing. This prevents condensation from forming inside the storage container, which could make the pastry soggy.
  • If you have leftovers, place the galette in an airtight container or wrap it securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. The Galette des Rois can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • If you plan to eat the galette within 24 hours, you can keep it at room temperature. Cover it with a cake dome or loosely with foil or plastic wrap to protect it from drying out.

Long-Term Storage:

Freezing: Although best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze Galette des Rois if necessary. Wrap the whole galette or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap, then again in aluminum foil to protect it from freezer burn and odor absorption.

Thawing: When ready to enjoy, thaw the galette in the refrigerator overnight. You can also let it sit at room temperature for a few hours before serving. If you prefer a crispier pastry, reheat it in an oven preheated to 300°F (150°C) for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.

Labeling: Remember to label the galette with the freezing date. Properly stored, the Galette des Rois can last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

By following these storage tips, you can extend the life of your Galette des Rois and enjoy this festive treat beyond the Epiphany celebration.

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