Galette du Roi

Galette du Roi

Prep Time


Cook Time

35 minutes


6 people
Galette du Roi

Traditionally served all the month of January in France, this Galette du Roi or Cake of Kings has a surprise “favor” inside and whoever gets the favor is crowned king or queen for the day!  When my kids were little I would make this light and not too sweet treat all year round and put enough favors inside so that we had a veritable royal family.  While I made the cake, I’d send the children off to make and color their own crowns; that way I could also hide the favors without them watching.  The favors in France are tiny porcelain figurines but a dried bean works just as well!

This is a recipe from Chat ‘n Dish show host, KC Quaretti. View episodes of the show now on The Food Channel.


  • 2 round puff pastry sheets
  • 1½ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk diluted in a little water
  • 1 “favor” or dried bean (or as many as you want to hide)


  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 2 Lay pastry on a floured board and cut each sheet into a circle.
  • 3 Poke a few holes with a fork into one pastry sheet; this will be the bottom sheet.
  • 4 Mix almond meal, sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla in bowl.
  • 5 Spread filling over bottom pastry leaving the outer edge without filling.
  • 6 Place the “favor” in the filling but near the outer edge.
  • 7 Top with second pastry circle, press edges together with a fork and make tiny holes in the top to let any steam escape during baking.
  • 8 Brush with an egg yolk diluted in a bit of water.
  • 9 Bake for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown.


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