Sunday, January 5, 2014

La Galette Des Rois~





La Galette Des Rois..A tradition..

It's something that is so easy to make..why not keep up the tradition..I omitted part of the fun this year..I left out the fève because it is a mini one..perhaps 5 inches..for one person..My husband.
I did taste test an edge,,with filling to be sure..
but I knew I would not eat any..so I left the fève/baby out..
He is after all Le Roi every day.
The one who finds the fève.. trinket..becomes the King..

I simply use bought puff pastry..I have made my own..but only once..the convenience of having a good puff pastry..frozen..and on hand outweighs the fun ..of making it..

some people put almond paste only..
some concoct their own (I do)..
and some mix w/ a crème  patissière to lighten the filling..It is interesting to see how individual each recipe is..
You simply have to Google and many recipes appear..
You cut 2 circles out..one a bit larger to be placed on top of your filling..
my filling was some almond meal..an egg..some sugar.. a touch of flour,butter..almond extract..I really went à l'oeil..for proportions as my cake was petit:)

The three kings on top..Gaspar..Melchior and Balthazar..are my 3 kings from my crèche from when I was a child..
You have no idea how I love taking them out each year..
Personally I like this dessert..It's not like a cake..or a pie..
It's a Galette.♥ It's for Epiphany..It's for taking down the tree.




55 comments:

  1. Monique my King was Michael and his face when he got the trinket was so ♥HEARTWARMING...a new tradition at our house! But the only thing is that I will make it.

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    1. And the cutest king Michael was:) Soon F will be fighting for the crown:)
      The princess..will always have hers!

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  2. It's beautiful! Love your three kings. You can tell they've been well-loved.

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  3. Les Galette des Rois, we had one today, but it was bought from La Patisserie. I have a fabulous Patisserie near where I live, I only buy occasionally as they are expensive. I love to try different recipes and like you I have lots, Good for you to make your own.

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  4. Love the Magi! I still have to take them out of the box tomorrow :)
    xoxo

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    1. :) Which box though Monica?
      I have seen your boxes:)x

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  5. Is this the same kind of cake/baby that is used during Mardi Gras? I had the cake before and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing Monique.

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    1. What a great question..I had to Google.. and so far ..as far as I can gather there are many similarities!
      But again.. so many different recipes..almost like how everyone has the best chcolate cake:)
      It is a celebratory dessert ..and both have a hidden trinket..fève..
      I need to find new trinkets:) Remember Salada tea? They used to have cute cute trinkets..wish I had kept some!

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  6. I think this is such a wonderful tradition & those galettes are so beautiful. At my language school where I studied French before I moved, they often have a party at this time of year & it is quite fun to see who will be the king or the queen. I love that you make your own! For a nice post about the galette go to Marie La Tortue, Malyss' blog. I think you would love her blog anyway, she writes a lovely poetic form of French. Bonne fête à toi et à ton mari!

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    1. I have peeked and will just go peek again:) Thank you!

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  7. Monique, I've always admired this tradition. Your galette is beautiful. Such a pretty crown you found to place on top. The 3 kings are the most special of all. To think that you've treasured these since your childhood. Now that is special!

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  8. It certainly is a nice tradition. I would be inclined to use almond paste since I have two containers that I didn't find time to use during the Christmas holiday. xo

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    1. Do it..I think the one in the can..Solo..would be great..you can add a bit of alcohol if you like:)

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  9. What a delightful tradition. I know nothing about this but I'm so happy to learn. thank you Monique, you always have such fun and interesting things to share. Hope you're having a wonderful beginning to 2014. :)

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    1. I think your family would get a kick out of this Chris..:)

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  10. A beautiful Galette Nana...
    I need to find some feves...and buy some puff pastry...i want a bite of yours!
    Bisous xo

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  11. You perfectly caught the spirit of that moment of the year! and you have such a wonderful way to decorate your table!
    Thank you for your visit , and .. Happy New Year! :o)

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    1. I will be visiting again..:)Rita mentioned you and I became a follower..
      I think this summer at my brocante I may find little trinkets..different from my babies.

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    2. About your questions: My pictures of january ,6th on "La Tortue" were taken in Nice and Luceram, not in Cannes. My three most important blogs are about Nice.
      And no, I don't know the blog you're talking about . I'll go for a visit.
      Have a nice evening!

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  12. What a gorgeous tradition. It's all the more special since the kings were yours as a child. They are real treasures that you can continue to pass down. Everything you make is magical Monique.
    Sam

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    1. So far Max is the only one showing interest in them..Max..is different..I have a feeling he will be the one my daughters give them to..
      But he's 6.. lots of time for lots of things to change..
      Hope Florida is being wonderful to you:)

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  13. You are carrying on a beautiful tradition, Monique. The Galette Des Rois is truly fit for a king. Whatever would we do without prepared puff pastry? Best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

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  14. What a charming tradition! Since it is not my tradition, I think I should "borrow" this starting next year. I do love the Three Kings, and somewhere in my past is the mad cleaning just before Christmas, "just in case the 3 Kings stop by". I'm guessing this came from my mostly Irish mother...and ps/ Are you taking down your tree? I'm still not ready to let go of it, shining and twinkling in the living room:)

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  15. We are just about to do it..

    Jacques said he would be happy to keep it up one more week..but once I ahve something in my mind..:)

    It is 40 F here and raining..sub zero in the forecast..might as well do it..Don't think the Kings are dropping by:)
    Crazy weather everywhere it seems..
    I'll miss the twinkle and shine..so well said Katrina..

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  16. We never had that wonderful tradition growing up but I do have the crèche from my childhood too which I cherish. I was with my mother when she bought it.

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  17. I did not grow up with this tradition either but I love the idea. It would make taking the tree down something to look forward to!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  18. Your photos are always so beautiful! Happy New Year to you and your family. I was set to bake Frangipan this afternoon. I'll have to try your recipe next time as we love anything with almond paste. I hope that you are staying warm. We have reached a record low here in the deep south and the palm trees are shivering!

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    1. The weather is frightful here and there! Ry..look here ..http://lostinmykitchen.blogspot.fr/2013/01/et-c-qui-la-reine-du-jour.html

      it looks great! Proportions and everything:)

      Not a mini like mine..

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  19. Vous n'aimez pas la galette des rois? C'est dommage, mais vous pouvez toujours essayer la brioche des rois :)
    Ainsi vous serez la reine.
    En tout cas votre galette est bien belle!

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  20. I love la galette des rois though I never made one. Yours looks stunning.
    Meilleurs voeux pour 2014, Monique!

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  21. Une jolie galette que je n'ai pas encore eu le temps de publier car souvent trop de recettes à ce moment là. On aime, on adore mais un peu plus tard dans l'hiver car nous sommes repus de sucreries des jours de fêtes.
    Bisous ♥

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    1. Oui..c'est vrai.. heureusement j'ai un mari qui ne se tanne jamais d'une petite pointe de sucré:)Elle est miniature la mienne:)

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  22. I was so tempted to make a King Cake this year, but in the end I didn't. Now I wish I had! Yours looks just gorgeous! So beautiful, but then you are so talented at presenting and photographing all that you do. I wish I had half your talents! You always weave a spell about me! Je t'adore!

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    1. You always make me want to paint..get up and bake and read and run into Chester:)

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  23. Your gallette looks delicious and a fun tradition. I wish I could get my hands on puff pastry that was made with pure butter. Here most of it has a vegetable oil which usually means soy. I guess pure butter makes it too expensive. I have tried my hand at making it, but I guess I need more practice.

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  24. Hi Madonna..I use President's Choice..all butter..rave reviews even from pro bakers..in certain very good French pastry shops I can buy excellent quality too..
    Hope you find one you like:-)

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    1. Me again Madonna..I just read that Dufours..Whole Foods ..USA..is all butter..not PF etc..
      Good luck!

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  25. How are you not tempted by a buttery galette? If I could accomplish that, I'd be a supermodel.

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    1. I resist out of necessity and because I don't have a sweet tooth it's pretty easy.. I do taste test to make sure it's palatable:)
      You are s supermodel:)

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  26. A beautiful galette! Very tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  27. I've never made one, Monique, but I sure have been tempted. It's a delicious tradition! (I always have a package of Dufours in the freezer!)
    Happy New Year to you!

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  28. Lovely galette, Monique! I always keep puff pastry in my freezer, very convenient for the times when I am lazy to cook from scratch or for unexpected quest-))
    Stay warm!
    Hugs,

    Yelena

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  29. I've read about the traditional galette but have never made one myself. Love your three kings, not only are they beautiful but memorable since they are from your childhood. How wonderful.

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    1. One would be appreciated by you I am certain~:)

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  30. Ta galette est magnifique ! j'ai une recette j'espère la réussir! Bonne semaine à toi!

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    1. Je suis certaine qu'elle sera un succès!

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  31. Just beautiful!! I love the tradition of this stunning galette! Thanks for sharing! Gorgeous photos!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  32. Did I tell you I loved your big letters Jody?:)

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  33. Monique, I love the royal look of this galette! Puff pastry makes such good and light desserts! I feel sad that it's time to take down the trees - I love HOLIDAYS, but not the busy-ness of the season.

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  34. J'imagine au contraire très bien le plaisir que tu as à les ressortir chaque année, tes rois mages, Monique. Je me disais justement en les voyant qu'ils avaient l'air bien patinés et que je les trouvais très beaux. Émouvants, même ... Ta galette à la frangipane est parfaite. Ici, on mange plutôt la couronne briochée couverte de gros sucre et de beaux fruits confits ... Mais tu vois, je ne l'ai même pas encore faite cette année ... ;o)

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