This is a French tradition, 12 days after Christmas, on January 6th, it is time to welcome the Three Wise Men, the Three Kings. The way we do it in France is with a Galette des Rois in which a small stone is hidden. The person who find it in its slice, is then crowned King or Queen for the day. To determine who is going to get which slice of the pie, the youngest kid around the table goes under the table and each time a slice is cut, the little one under the table tells which guess is to received it.
Here is the recipe for the Galette des Rois.
You will need:
- enough all-butter puff pastry to cut 2 large 30cm-circles;
- 200 g of almond powder
- 100 g soften butter
- 80 to 100 g sugar
- 2 eggs beaten, separately
- a drop of vanilla extract
- In a bowl, mix the sugar, the soften butter, the almond powder and mix with an electric mixer. Then add one egg at a time. One egg might be enough, the frangipane needs to be thick enough, not runny.
- Roll the puff pastry thinly and cut out 2 large circles (30/32 cm diameter).
- Set one circle on a baking tray. Spread the frangipane on the top and put the stone on it.
- Take the second circle and cover the frangipane. Press both circles together with a fork. With the left over of the egg, coat the top circle, then use a knife to draw some lines crossing over.
Here a few stones from my collection. I buy them from my local bakeries in France, some of them came from Vietnam (and they will probably never make it to a pie, I like them too much).