Galette des Rois (Kings’ cake)
The galette des rois is a puff pastry cake made of almonds, butter, eggs and sugar and is traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6 January, celebrating the moment when baby Jesus was presented to the Three Wise Men, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, in Bethlehem. A small charm called “feve” is hidden in the pastry and the one who has the “feve” hidden in their slice of cake is crowned and chooses their queen or king for the day. In France, it’s celebrated every year and all bakeries will sell them. Families gather to share the “galette” and the tradition is that the youngest child will go under the table and name the guests to whom the slice of cake is given.
I adapted a recipe from http://www.marmiton.org and made for the first time my own dairy-free galette as my husband is dairy intolerant, and all galettes sold in bakeries will contain butter. I used sunflower spread and Jus-Rol puff pastry https://www.jusrol.co.uk/products/puff-pastry-frozen which does not contain any dairy products. I found that the galette is much lighter than traditional ones made of butter. My husband was chuffed and luckily he had the “feve” and chose our daughter as his Queen for the day. Everyone was happy.