Sunday, January 6, 2019

Epiphany Cake for January 6...

This is a type of Epiphany Cake 'tarte' called - Galette des rois! 

In France, Christmas and New Year's Eve is all about oysters and foie gras, but on January 6th, it is all about the Galette des Rois (King’s Cake)! Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi, traditionally observed on January 6.

Here is a basic recipe...

Use ready-made butter puff pastry
4oz ground almonds
3oz sugar
2oz soft butter
1 egg (preserve a little of the yolk)
• Divide the pastry in two parts; roll each out into a circle about 9in across. Preheat the oven to 410F.
• Mix the almonds, sugar, butter and egg to a smooth paste.
• Place the first circle in a baking tray and spread the paste evenly across.
• Dampen the edge of the first disc and lay the second over it. Press down with a fork. Glaze the top with the egg yolk; decorate with a knife (a leaf pattern is traditional, but criss-crossing is easier).
• Bake for 30 minutes until golden. Serve slightly warm (5 minutes at 350F if reheating).

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