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Three Kings’ Cake

The Epiphany is coming up January 6. Many celebrate with Kings’ Cake, which includes a bean baked inside to represent the baby Jesus. Here’s a recipe:


Galette des Rois

  • Preheat oven to 350° F

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Baking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients

  • 9 oz. puff pastry (made with butter)

  • 1 egg yolk mixed with a drop or two of water

  • Almond paste

  • One dry bean


    1. Divide the puff pastry in half.
    2. Roll out to form two discs.
    3. Place the first disc on a baking sheet.
    4. Spread a layer of almond paste on top.
    5. Place the bean inside.
    6. Cover with the second circle of pastry.
    7. Using a knife, create a decorative pattern on the top of the pastry.
    8. Brush with the beaten egg yolk.
    9. Bake at 350° F for 20-25 minutes, until the top is nicely browned.
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