Galette Des Rois

Cake of the Kings

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Appears in
Hows and Whys of French Cooking

By Alma Lach

Published 1974

  • About

Galette des Rois is a puff pastry cake as traditional for Epiphany, or the Twelfth Night celebration, as is plum pudding for Christmas. Hidden within each cake is a small treasure. He who gets the treasure in his piece of cake is king for the day. Paris pastry shops sell a gold or silver crown with each cake.

In and around Paris feuilletée pastry is the traditional dough used to make these cakes. In the provinces to the south and west a brioche dough is used and the cake is baked in