The season of the galette des rois begins on Twelfth Night, the 6th of January, to mark the feast of the Epiphany, which is when the three kings turned up to give gifts to Baby Jesus (allegedly).
Traditionally in France, this dessert is only served once a year, so every kid in France is waiting for the 6th of January to roll around! One of the most popular galette is filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar. It is said to have been invented by a Florentine nobleman, the Marquis of Frangipani, several centuries ago.
In the past, the pastry would be cut into as many portions as there were guests, plus one. The last one, called the “part du pauvre” or poor man’s share, was for the first poor person who stopped by the house.
It is a fantastic dessert with a cool tradition to hide two little figurines in the almond cream. The ones who find them will become the King and Queen for the day and of course have all of their wishes realised. And who doesn’t want to be a King or Queen for a day!
I have mixed thing up a little by making a hazelnut frangipane cream and mixing that with a chocolate crème pâtissière. Giving this galette de rois a deeper, richer flavour that is fit for royalty!
So don your crowns! It’s time to take on pastry royalty and make our Hazelnut & Chocolate Galette Des Rois!
— Al Brady