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Visit French Affair at the Bastille Festival, Circular Quay Sydney on Saturday July 14th from 10am to 10pm and Sunday July 15th from 10am to 5pm.

La Galette Des Rois

This almond "Tart of Kings" celebrates the holiday of Epiphany on January 6th when the three kings visited baby Jesus. As part of French tradition, it's baked with a fève or small figurine in the filling.

There is a special way to go about eating this special celebratory cake. When the family is assembled around the table, the smallest child hides under the table. As the mother or father cut the cake, the child indicates who each slice should be given to. When everyone has their slice, the child returns to their place and everyone begiins to eat to see who has the fève.

If you're lucky enough to find a fève in your slice, you're crowned King or Queen of your family for a year and wear a paper crown for the day. There is often a second crown provided by the bakery too - and this allow the winner to crown their ruling partner. So, if a male had been crowned King, they can choose who will be their Queen for the day.

Ingredients

• 1/4 cup almond paste
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
• 1 egg
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
• 1 dry kidney bean or ceramic figurine
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar for dusting

La Galette Des Rois
La Galette Des Rois

Directions

• Place the almond paste into a food processor or blender with about half of the sugar, and process until well blended.

• Add the butter and remaining sugar and process until smooth, then blend in 1 egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, flour and salt. Set aside.

• Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.

• Line a baking tray of at least 28cm across with baking paper and set aside.

• Roll out one sheet of the puff pastry into a 28cm square. Keep the pastry cool, do not knead or stretch. Use a large plate or pan to trace a 28cm circle onto the dough using the tip of a small knife. Place the circle of pastry onto the prepared baking sheet. Put the second sheet of pastry onto another sheet of baking paper. Refrigerate both sheets.

• Remove pastry sheets from fridge and mound the almond filling onto the centre of the pastry on the baking sheet. Leave about 1 1/2 inch margin at the edges. Press the bean or feve down into the filling. Place the second sheet of pastry on top, and press down the edges to seal.

• Beat the remaining egg with a fork and lightly brush onto the top of the gallette. Use a knife to make a criss cross pattern in the egg wash, and then prick several small slits in the top to vent steam while baking.

• Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Don't open the oven until the time is up, as the pastry will not fully puff. Remove from the oven, dust with confectioners' sugar, return to the oven and cook for an extra 12 to 15 minutes or until the top is a deep golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

• Lay a golden paper crown gently on top of the cake. This will be used to crown the person who finds the bean or feve. Serve warm or cold. IMPORTANT!! Make sure you tell everyone to look out for the bean or feve.