Galette des Rois




To make the frangipane, blend the butter with the sugar until well combined.

Blend in the almonds thoroughly.

Beat in the 2 eggs one at a time and then the almond extract, orange blossom water, rose water, vanilla extract and the rum.

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg yolk with the milk.

Roll out half of the puff pastry into a round about 24 cm in diameter.

Place it on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, paint the outer 4 cm circumference of the pastry with beaten egg.

Spread the frangipane in a round in the center of the pastry so that it just meets the painted on egg.

Press the bean into the frangipane somewhere close to the outer edge.

Place the other puff pastry (rolled out into an equally sized round) on top of the first.

Use the times of a fork to press the edges closed (we ommited this). Brush the top of the galette with the beaten egg.

Use a paring knife to etch a pretty pattern into the top of the galette.

Traditionally this is in a cross-hatch pattern, or concentric half circles, but you can make up your own pattern if you are feeling creative.

Don't cut through the pastry, just etch (we ommited this).

Cut a small hole in the center of the pastry to allow steam to escape.

Place the galette in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes before baking.

You can make it a day in advance as well - just be sure to keep it refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place the refrigerated galette in the center of the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is dark golden brown. Serve warm.