6th of january : The Epiphany ...to celebrate , the french eat a "Galette des Rois" or a king's cake .
With the French ... it's always about food ! To celebrate the Epiphany until the end of January , people host parties or dinners where they serve for desert a special cake " Galette des Rois " with a "feve" ( charm hidden inside ). It can be a coin , a bean or a tiny santon figurine . Who ever gets it , is crown the king with a gold paper crown and is hosting the next party :)
The frangipane is a very easy cake to make and here is my recipe :
Mix together with a spatula:
150grs /5.3oz Ground almonds
150grs/5.3oz sweet butter creamed not melted
3 large whole eggs
2 tsp of almond extract
Line a buttered pie mold with a puff pastry ( the frozen ones from pepperridge farm work great) . Make tiny holes with a fork . Fill with the batter and cover with a second puff pastry sheet . Close it , brush with a mix of egg yolk and milk so the pie will brown....you can decorate it with extra pieces of puff pastry or simply use a knife to make some diamond designs .
Bake at 400F for about 40mns or until golden brown . Eat still a bit warm or re- heat if are eating it later ! Toast with some apple cider or Champagne !