A galette des rois is a flat cake of puff pastry filled with marzipan eaten throughout France to celebrate Epiphany (read more on this here). Traditionally it contains a fève (originally a dried bean, now more often a small toy).
My 5 year old is not a fan of marzipan (me neither) so I made a chocolate version this year. Here’s the recipe:
2 ready-rolled rounds of flaky pastry (you can buy these in all French supermarkets)
100g caster sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
100g of dark chocolate
125g powdered almonds
125g softened butter
A pinch of salt
A fève (use a dried bean)
1. Turn on the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
2. Break two of the eggs into a large bowl, add the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the softened butter. Mix with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.
3. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water and add it to the above mix along with the powdered almonds and a pinch of salt. Stir it all together.
4. Unroll one roll of pastry on to a baking sheet, leaving it on top of the greaseproof paper it comes in. Spread the chocolate mixture over it, leaving a couple of centimetres all the way around the edge. Add your fève into the mixture.
5. Cover with the second roll of pastry and press down all around the edge to stick the two rolls of pastry together.
6. Using a knife, make a light criss cross pattern across the top of the pastry to form diamond shapes. Be careful not to cut right through the pastry.
7. Whisk the third egg with a fork and brush over the top of your galette.
8. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes.