Galette des Rois means kings’ cake, it’s the typical “Epiphany cake” French people eat from the 6th till the end of January. It’s a delicious dessert with almonds and puff pastry and it’s also fun because the Galette is baked with a special present hidden inside.
According to the tradition the youngest in the group must go under the table and decide who has to eat each piece of cake. The lucky one who finds the special surprise hidden inside is crowned king or queen and gets to choose his/her companion. The surprise is usually an almond or a wee porcelain statue (2 cm)(watch your teeth!)
Of course, the Galette isn’t vegan but I changed the recipe and I’m sharing it with you: I assure you, it’s a cake you’ll want to devour! It’s addictive…
- 75 g vegan margarine, softened
- 225 ground almonds
- 90 gr cane sugar
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp rum
- 2 tbsp potato starch
- 4 tbsp almond milk
- pinch of salt
- 2 round sheets puff pastry
- maple syrup
Preheat oven to 175°C
Beat together all the filling ingredients, until light and fluffy.
Transfer 1 puff pastry sheet to prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly almond mixture in circle in center of pastry, leaving a 1.5 cm border all around. Top the Galette with remaining puff pastry sheet. Press and roll edges together to seal.
With the point of a knife, make any kind of design on top of the cake being careful not to go all the way through the puff pastry. Brush the surface with maple syrup.
Bake for 25-30 mins until crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold.