Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois
Staff Writer

Francois Payard

This traditional cake also known as King Cake is an almond filling surrounded by puff pastry. A toy or bean is dropped into the filling and baked. The lucky person who finds the toy is king or queen for the day. 


For the filling

In a large bowl, mix together almonds and sugar. Add the creamed butter, 2 eggs, rum, and mix well together.

For the dough

Divide the puff pastry dough in half: roll out each half into a 12-inch (about) circle. Lay 1 pastry round sheet on a (very slightly greased) baking pan. Pour the filling in the middle and spread without reaching the edge. Drop your "feve" in the filling.

Top carefully with the second circle of dough. Press firmly all around (with moist fingers) to seal the "cake." Glaze the surface with the remaining beaten egg yolk. (For a little more control over the color, brush the yolk on roughly halfway through the baking)

With a knife or a fork draw some light curved lines for decoration. Make a few tiny cuts on the top (to let out steam during cooking).
Cook for about 35 to 40 minutes in preheated 400-degree oven. Oven temperatures can vary; Remove when golden. Cool and serve while still warm if possible.


Calories per serving:

310 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 18g 27%
  • Carbs 31g 10%
  • Saturated 7g 36%
  • Fiber 2g 10%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 7g 14%
  • Cholesterol 64mg 21%
  • Sodium 243mg 10%
  • Calcium 70mg 7%
  • Magnesium 43mg 11%
  • Potassium 142mg 4%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 1mg 5%
  • Phosphorus 117mg 17%
  • Vitamin A 96µg 11%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 17%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 83µg 21%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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