Galette des rois: Pistachios & geranium water and Almond &Tonka

Its the beginning of january , and that means in France the Galette des rois season. The galette des rois aKa "kings cake" is a traditional cake made with a puff pastry filled by an almond cream . It is specially prepared to celebrate the epiphanie. Whilst i do not celebrate the epiphanie i can not not prepare a couple of galettes each year.

The galette des rois is not just about preparing the cake , it is a whole event and the family gathers to share a galette where a small porcelaine figurine is hidden (widely know as a "féve") and whom who finds it in his slice will be the king/ Queen of the day.

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This year i wanted to test some fresh flavors combinations and i ended up making two one with pistachios and geranium water and the second with almond and Tonka .

Pistachios & geranium water Galette

Geranium water is a traditional ingredient in tunisia that is whidely used for cakes and desserts and brings a fresh floral flavor , so i decided to use of it along with pistachios which make a devine conbination.

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Pistachio & geranium water galette des rois

PREP TIME15 Min
COOK Time45 Min
TOTAL Time1 hr

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 gr Puff pastry ( to make your own puff pastry check my post: The ultimate Puff pastry guide )
  • 100 gr finely grinded pistachios
  • 100 gr soft butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp geranium water
  • egg wash
  • 1 hazelnut (féve)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Divide the dought on two then roll it out to make two squares ( 5mm thick) ,then return the dough back to the fridge.
  2. Place the soft butter , sugar, pistachio , geranium water in a bowl and mix to get a homogenous cream.
  3. Take out the dough and cut it into two 24cm circles.
  4. Strating from the center of the dough , spread the pistachio cream inton a circle and leave a 2,5 cm edge.
  5. Brush the edge with the egg wash ( 1 eggyolk + 1tsp water)then place your Féve (hazelnut) before miticulously placing the second puff pastry dough on top while avoiding any air bubbles so the filling dont get out while its baking.
  6. Finally , brush the top with the rest of the egg wash and using a sharp knife or a blade like i did start scarring your galette with any decoration you want , let your creativity guide you and do not forget to make a whole in the center to release the steam while the galette is baking.
  7. Bake in a 160 C preheated convection oven for 45 minutes.

And voilá...

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Almond & Tonka galette des rois

PREP TIME15 Min
COOK Time45 Min
TOTAL Time1 hr

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 gr Puff pastry ( to make your own puff pastry check my post: The ultimate Puff pastry guide )
  • 100 gr almond meal
  • 100 gr soft butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1/4 tsp grated Tonka
  • egg wash
  • 1 hazelnut (féve)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Divide the dought on two then roll it out to make two squares ( 5mm thick) ,then return the dough back to the fridge.
  2. Place the soft butter , sugar, Almond meal , Tonka and egg in a bowl and mix to get a homogenous cream.
  3. Take out the dough and cut it into two 24cm circles.
  4. Strating from the center of the dough , spread the almond cream inton a circle and leave a 2,5 cm edge.
  5. Brush the edge with the egg wash ( 1 eggyolk + 1tsp water)then place your Féve (hazelnut) before miticulously placing the second puff pastry dough on top while avoiding any air bubbles so the filling dont get out while its baking.
  6. Finally , brush the top with the rest of the egg wash and using a sharp knife or a blade like i did start scarring your galette with any decoration you want , let your creativity guide you and do not forget to make a whole in the center to release the steam while the galette is baking.
  7. Bake in a 160 C preheated convection oven for 45 minutes.

And voilá...

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Almond and Tonka are a sublte yet surprisigly fraguant combination , and it is a great twist to the traditional almond version .

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Amal Nasri

A full time sweet tooth foodie , foodphotographer and recipe developer who is always on the hunt of new flavor combinations and food discoveries to re-create sweet delicacies and fresh dessert recipes .

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