The galette des rois, is made for the fete des rois which celebrates Epiphany, January 6th and marks the day of the arrival of the Three Kings (les rois) who visit the infant Jesus, and is baked throughout January in France. It’s also the day of the year, my husband bakes the Provencal version from his mother’s family which is the brioche galette des rois. Starting the baking process the night before, today, before the final rising he tucks a “feve” in to the cake — we use a porcelain king from his family but you can also use a whole almond or bean. Guest should be warned to be on the lookout for this token in their slice. Our three are more than ready and the quest is almost a boisterous competition! The person who discovers the token “feve” in their slice will be crowned King. Crafting the crown is always a perfect project for kids.
Ingredients for evening:
1 cup luke warm milk
1/4 cup luke warm water
1/2 cup sugar
5 cups flour
1/2 cup softened butter
– 3/4 cup sugar
– seedless raisins*
– dried fruit*
– 1 beaten egg
– mix together sugar, salt, milk. Add 1 cup of flour and the yeast.
– add another 2 cups of flour and beat in a bowl until smooth
– mix in 2 beaten eggs and the butter
– add the rest of the flour and knead the dough until smooth
– let the dough rest 5-10 minutes
– put the dough in a large bowl, cover it with ceran wrap and let it rest in the fridge over night.
– flatten into two rectangles
– mix together butter, sugar, cinnamon, raisins and dried fruit
– spread butter mix on the dough
– roll the dough, hide the “king*” and put the ends together to form a circle (you will have 2 brioches)
– Bake in oven at temperature of 180 C (350 F) for 20-25 minutes
We wish you all of the shimmer and luster of the season!
I thought to re-share this recipe this year as I’ve had the question repeated so many times: what creative things can I do with my bigger kids?I have many ideas for you; but, I quickly think of “the kitchen” as such a natural and easy place to start. It’s both necessary and the perfect place to share creativity while also enjoying one another. I’ve found that most kids can’t resist a powdering of flour, whisks and the element of oven surprise! This recipe could be made side-by-side or one that you make and then have the kids make the crown, depending on the age of your kids and time available. I also love recipes, food and traditions as spring boards into the bigger world and as a way to bring us all closer. I hope you might enjoy this, too! If you would like 25 kid tested and approved recipes to make with your kids, I have a FREE EBOOK for Willowday Friends | HERE