Almond Galette


This is the dessert traditionally served in France for Epiphany, on the 6th day of January, but is welcome at any time of year. It's also known as the "Galette des rois", or "King Cake". One "feve", "bean" in French, or a tiny ceramic figurine is hidden somewhere in the galette as a "prize" and the finder is crowned the king or queen.

Frangipane Almond Cream
  • 350 g Puff pastry (homemade or frozen)
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 85 g Butter, at room temperature
  • 85 g Caster sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100 g Almonds, finely ground
  1. Cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer in the bowl. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. Add the almond meal and beat until it forms a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the pastry out until it’s about 3mm thick. Cut out two 4-inch rounds and two 6-inch rounds or two 11-inch rounds.
  3. Place one sheet of pastry on the baking sheet. Spread a circle of filling on the pastry, leaving 1-inch border around the frangipane. Brush the border with some of the beaten egg. Top with the second sheet of pastry over the filling and press the borders firmly to seal it.
  4. With the back edge of a paring knife, make 6 or 8 of tucks along the border. Make a small hole with a skewer in the center, so the steam can escape during cooking. Glaze the top with beaten egg. Cut a decorative pattern on the top with the tip of a knife.
  5. Refrigerate for one hour. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Put in the center of the hot oven for 25-30 minutes until they are nicely brown and crisp. Remove and cool the galette on the wire rack. Slice and serve!

108 comments:

Cherine 26/3/11 08:34

Your galette looks divine!! I love this specialty!

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Betty Ray 26/3/11 08:59

Wow, these are beautiful! I bet they were buttery and delicious.

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Rumana Rawat 26/3/11 09:15

Wow!!! that looks awesome, and i have started my event treat to eyes series-2, do participate:)

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kitchen flavours 26/3/11 09:18

Your galette looks so lovely! I love frangipane almond cream, yummy! This would be lovely with a cup of warm tea. Wish I could reach out for one!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 26/3/11 09:35

Gorgeous galettes! Much better when with homemade puff pastry.... Your pastry looks so flaky!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Ana Rita 26/3/11 10:03

Your galette looks wonderfully....i love the fiiling with almond!!!

Kisses,
Rita

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Lora 26/3/11 10:26

ooh just beautful. I could take a bite right now.

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maameemoomoo - a ½ food blog 26/3/11 10:27

Gorgeous!!!

I wonder if this almond paste can be used for croissant as well?

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Vimitha Anand 26/3/11 10:54

Loved the flakiness and crispiness of the dish...
Yummy looking recipe...

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Ah Tze 26/3/11 11:04

I like the layering of the pastry, this must be fabulous!

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Newyorkerbyheart 26/3/11 12:28

WOW, they look amazing......love almonds :-)

My best,
Birthe from Denmark

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Priya 26/3/11 12:34

Gorgeous galette, i used make this frangipane galette whenever feel like having something rich..

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Belinda @zomppa 26/3/11 13:05

What a good morning to wake up to this!

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Gloria 26/3/11 13:25

Yay!! I love Galette and this look absolutely amazing and nice Angie, x gloria

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Jeannie 26/3/11 13:25

So beautiful! I love it!

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Tina 26/3/11 13:27

wow..fabulous dear...

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Angela@RecipesFromMyMom 26/3/11 13:29

Really wished I hadn't looked at this before breakfast. Anything I have in my kitchen pales in comparison. But there's always tomorrow, now that I've seen this recipe.

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Lyndsey 26/3/11 13:39

This looks stunning! I would just love this, it reminds me of the Dutch banket that my mom makes for Christmas every year. It has a flaky crust and is rolled with the almond paste in the middle. Where do you get the almond meal? Do you make your own?

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Joanne 26/3/11 14:38

The flakiness of this just gave me shivers! Delicious.

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Christine@Christine's Recipes 26/3/11 14:48

The flakiness of this dessert is very eye-catching. Love the patterns you made on top.

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mr. pineapple man 26/3/11 15:49

gahhhhhhh~ making me so hungry!

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aipi 26/3/11 15:54

That looks absolutely GORGEOUS- delicious and quiet tempting!

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Anncoo 26/3/11 16:05

I love the 3rd picture looks like a flying saucer ;DD and it's very delicious too!

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Fimère 26/3/11 16:20

bien réussi elle est super jolie et appétissante
à bientôt

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mariatem 26/3/11 16:21

Que rico pastel de almendras, me gusta.
Buen fin de semana.

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spcookiequeen 26/3/11 16:52

Yes Angie this would be welcome any day in my home. I love the taste of almonds in pastries. Wish I had a piece for breakfast.
-Gina-

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Umm Mymoonah 26/3/11 17:34

I love that frangipane filling, looks very yummy.

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Michael Toa 26/3/11 17:52

I love galette des rois. I made this at the beginning of this year and it was delish. Yours look beautiful. Gotta make this again soon. :)
Have a lovely weekend.

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MaryMoh 26/3/11 18:12

This looks very delicious. I love the filling. Must be very good with a cup of tea...mmm

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Angie's Recipes 26/3/11 18:21

@Lyndsey
Yes, I have the almonds soaked in boiling water, then gotten rid of the skin before having them ground.

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Ananda Rajashekar 26/3/11 18:23

Too beautiful to eat them away!

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Foodie Ann 26/3/11 18:27

Those layers look absolutely beautiful...:)

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Ivy 26/3/11 20:36

Looks so fluffy and crispy and can imagine the wonderful taste of the almond filling. I would just dust some icing sugar on top.

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Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } 26/3/11 21:25

Oh how I wish I had a slice of this right now with my cup of coffee! Looks divine!!

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Sue 26/3/11 21:34

Oh my, so flaky and golden! What a beautifully delicious dessert, Angie!

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Pacheco Patty 26/3/11 21:55

I would love a slice of your almond galette, the layers look so luscious and I can just imagine the flavor of the almond filling, oh yum;-)
Also, lovely to see the pre-baked galettes, they are beautiful;-)

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Beth 27/3/11 01:15

That looks just gorgeous. I'd eat that any time of the year too!

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Maria 27/3/11 01:55

That looks so gorgeously golden and flaky! Delicious!

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Nammi 27/3/11 03:27

looks very pretty, i used to think galettes were filled with just fruit :)

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Fresh Local and Best 27/3/11 04:00

I love the buttery puff pastry! This almond galette looks divine!

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grace 27/3/11 08:14

this is just lovely, angie! i'm glad you didn't go the lazy route and just use almond paste--that stuff's nasty! :)

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Elin 27/3/11 11:51

Angie...can I have a slice please....please :) I can make this as soon as I have the time to make some puff pastry :) Bought ones are not that good over here . Thanks have KIV this !

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Carolyn 27/3/11 12:33

This looks so gorgeous, and the pastry is so flakey and golden!

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Barbara 27/3/11 14:02

You did a beautiful job with your galette, Angie! I adore frangipane. Those flaky layers are making my mouth water!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 27/3/11 14:22

Wow your almond galettes are gorgeous! I love almond desserts and the almond cream in this sounds amazing. I especially love the photo of the galettes before you bake them. :)

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Min {Honest Vanilla} 27/3/11 15:34

Oh I've about this cake before but have not tried it yet. Looks really perfect! Angie you're such a fantastic baker!

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Elisabeth 27/3/11 16:07

The most perfect, light as feather...heavenly galette with amazing almond filling, I have ever seen, and wish to taste it. Please send some my way:-D
Have a wonderful Sunday, Angie!
xoxo

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Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie 27/3/11 16:56

On my gosh--this looks so pretty! It looks so light and tasty!

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Claudia 27/3/11 17:00

I love every dessert made with almonds - this version is so easy - I could whip it up on a weekday and surprise the family. And it is gorgeous - no surprise there.

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Raina 27/3/11 17:28

Oh wow! Looks gorgeous and delicious:)

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Kate @ Diethood.com 27/3/11 17:41

Angie, this galette looks fantastic... you have such a talent! Are you a pastry chef?

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Roxan 27/3/11 19:46

Angie, this looks SO GOOD! I love anything almond.... and puff pastry, what a heavenly combo. I so wish I was your neighbor so I could come over and eat all your leftovers.

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Cooking Gallery 27/3/11 21:21

Beautiful looking pastry, Angie...!

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She's Cookin' 27/3/11 21:59

So flaky and delicious looking - I bet this just melts in your mouth! Interesting that it's called King Cake and a little figurine is hidden it it - like the King Cakes of Mardi Gras, only a different holiday.

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Victor 27/3/11 23:43

Angie, aren't you like 2 months late to bake a "Galette des rois"? ;)

We have galette every with my friends and it is fun to see who gets the fève. Looks so beautiful.

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Jennifer (Delicieux) 28/3/11 00:20

Your galette's look absolutely beautiful. So flaky and golden. Yum, yum, yum!

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UrMomCooks 28/3/11 01:19

Perfect crave-worthy dessert! The pics are mouthwatering! I agree - this would be nice any time of year! (Enjoyed reading your blog!)

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Eva 28/3/11 01:46

These are just beautiful. I am amazed at how talented you are with pastries, they look picture perfect and with such wonderful designs. Not only that, but they sound delicious too!

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Katie@Cozydelicious 28/3/11 02:04

I love love love Kings cake. When I studied abroad in France, I lived with a family, and finding teh figurine was a huge game for the kids!

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Reeni 28/3/11 03:19

What a light and flaky beautiful dessert! The frangipane makes me swoon - so scrumptious!

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Food For Tots 28/3/11 04:19

Such an interesting info about this dessert! The fragipane looks so gorgeous!!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 28/3/11 04:26

Wow, what a gorgeous pastry. I can just imagine all the ways to use this recipe.

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tigerfish 28/3/11 05:43

Thanks for the short intro. on galette. I don't know sweet food(s) that well :O

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Monet 28/3/11 06:02

I adore almond flavored pastries/desserts. This looks just splendid. Thank you for sharing with me. After a very long week, it is refreshing to return to the blogs/people that I love. Your words mean more to me than I can express. Many blessings this week!

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Jo 28/3/11 15:21

A really gorgeous galette and I love flaky desserts such as this. Gorgeous photos as well.

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Jenn 28/3/11 15:21

That looks so lovely and flaky and good!!! I keep saying that I'm going to make a galette....maybe one of these days I'll get around to it!

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lisaiscooking 28/3/11 16:05

It looks so flakey and lovely! And, the frangipane must be so fragrant. Beautiful galette.

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Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 28/3/11 17:32

I love galettes. Angie, this is so lovely! Beautiful photos and food styling for a mouthwatering dessert. Thanks for sharing!

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Karen 28/3/11 18:47

These are beautiful, Angie! I LOVE the combination of puff pastry and frangipane. Mmmm, can never have enough of it. It's always such a pleasure to browse through your blog. :-)

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Stevie 28/3/11 20:52

I'm with Lindsey: almond desserts are wonderful. This does look really tasty.

I didn't realize that the French version of "King Cake" was more of a pastry rather than the particolored sweet that you can see in New Orleans over Mardi Gras. Is there a relationship between the two, do you think?

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Angie's Recipes 28/3/11 21:42

@StevieThe relationship between Ephiphany and Mardi Gras...I think they do relate to each other.
The Carnival season kicks off with the "Epiphany", also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings' Day in England. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. In cultures that celebrate Carnival, Epiphany kicks off a series of parties leading up to Mardi Gras. Again slightly different from "Karneval" season here in Koeln.

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briarrose 28/3/11 21:44

Wow this looks good. Amazing job!

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5 Star Foodie 28/3/11 22:22

So perfect, i would so love a piece with my afternoon tea right now!

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sweetlife 29/3/11 01:36

angie how stunning, I love the flaky crust, perfection

sweetlife

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Susi's Kochen und Backen 29/3/11 03:19

The color on this galette is beautiful and the filling is making my mouth water. Gorgeous!

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Firefly@fireflyblog.org 29/3/11 05:15

WOW it looks so delicious and yummy! Love your pictures!

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 29/3/11 05:19

Looks beautiful! Would love to have a slice with my tea.

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Anna C 29/3/11 05:22

Angie, your almond galette is picture perfect. Looks delicious.

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noobcook 29/3/11 07:00

This looks so amazing, definitely fit for royalty!

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blogbytina.com 29/3/11 15:59

the fat kid inside me would eat 20 of those. drool.

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Sanjeeta kk 29/3/11 18:33

Wow...Angie you are a baker extraordinaire :) Lovely and scrumptious treat!

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 29/3/11 19:29

What beautiful galettes, Angie! That flaky pastry and almond filling are tantalizing!

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Devaki 29/3/11 19:42

This is just so beautifully done and not at all difficult. You are a so very creative :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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Taste of Beirut 29/3/11 23:00

I love galette des rois especially one that is homemade.

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FOODESSA 30/3/11 00:46

We have a very similar tradition here in Quebec...very charming indeed.

Your almond galette is perfection Angie ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

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Joy 30/3/11 03:38

that looks great. I can't wait to try this.

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Helena Ljunggren 30/3/11 10:17

Oh, i just have to try this! It looks awesome!

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Ashlea Taylor 30/3/11 17:13

I love almond flavor so much and have never tried a galette on my own. Going to have to try this one... looks too good to pass up!

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Lizzy 30/3/11 21:56

OH, my, this looks heavenly!

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A little bit of everything 31/3/11 02:41

Your galette looks perfect! Flaky, light, delicious - makes me dream of sunny days. Love the almond filling.
Thanks for sharing Angie

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 31/3/11 15:18

Oh I love this pretty design and of course pastries with lotsa butter and almond flavors are always welcome.

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My Little Space 1/4/11 07:18

OMG, this is so great looking & delicious! I want to make some psstry skin. Thanks so much for sharing it.
Kristy

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girlichef 2/4/11 02:04

This almond gallette is simply scrumptious! Almond is pretty much my favorite flavor in any desserty item...and you don't know how badly I want this.

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Barida 2/4/11 09:59

This looks gorgeous, if not the screen , I wouldn't resist ! :)

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Mk mummy 4/4/11 18:45

Hi, Angie, was is the german name for frozen puff pastry?? and where can I get samolina in Germany? Thanks in advance..

eh.. this pastry.. is it the same texture as those Apfeltasche sell in the konditorei??

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Angie's Recipes 5/4/11 21:50

@Mk mummy
You can get TK-Blätterteig in EDEKA. I've noticed Penny has fresh one. I think those are as flaky as Apfeltaschen made with puff pastry in bakery.
You can get semolina (Hartweizengrieß) in almost all the supermarkets. I got mine from ALDI.

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