January 8th, 2013

Galette des Rois 2013


Hi!!! Happy New Year~!!!!!!

How was your winter holiday? Did you get a good rest? Hopefully all charged up, ready for the new year? ;-) And how did your first week of 2013 pan out? Back to school or work already?
For me, soon as entering the year, all I think about is the Galette des Rois for Epithany (which was the 6th January).
But this year, I missed the date. The 6th landed on a Sunday this year & I just couldn’t find the time. It proved to be too much of a challenge to fit a task such as classic-puff-pastry-making when the kids are around…
I mean, how can I work on a pastry that requires so much attention when interruptions aplenty!
The kitchen is a highway of coming ins & outs, “S” to show me a drawing or “I” to ask me to solve a quiz. Sometimes it could be a “come upstairs & look at my lego model”, or it might be the little one forever pulling the hem of my skirt as I move around in the kitchen. Running around the central kitchen-island playing chase might be an option for them too… It’s simply impossible to do anything that remotely needs concentration…! So, at times like that, I put my hand up & resign, I let go of any baking desires & join in with running around playing chase too. Might as well, hey.
Anyway, so here’s my Galette des Rois, that was not made on Epithany day, but on the following day.
This year I made three.
(The swirly pattern!!)
Shame about the unsightly middle, but atleast it came out circle & relatively flat! To etch the swirls, I used the edge of a round cake card to depress an impression, & then use that as the guideline to score with a scalpel knife. When scoring, I always apply same pressure & “try” to cut less then 1mm deep. (… notice “try”. It’s su~per difficult!!!) Lastly I brushed cooled down sugar syrup on just-baked hot galette to make the surface shiny & appetizing. The momentary sizzling sound as the syrup initially hits the hot pastry is one of my favourite sounds in the kitchen.
(The ladder pattern!) 
Grr, there’s a crack in the design…! Humph. But I think the colour is the best out of the three. I dissolved coffee granules in the egg wash to make it dark – this technique is the same as when egg-washing the Gateau Basque. Also, have you noticed that the edges are scalloped? Well, instead of cutting around the pastry with a knife like usual, I used the tart tin edges like a cutter!!! There’s a couple of advantage point to my technique other than aesthetics – as you press the tin down to cut off the excess pastry, it seals the two sheets of pastry tighter together. You can also use the scallop shape as a guide for when crimping the sides.
Coco&Me - Coco & Me - Galette des Rois 2013 - girl face design pattern scored/ drawn on to - homemade classic puff pastry - Pate Feuilletee Clasique - www.cocoandme.com
(My original design! My daughter S with a flower cheek!) 
Out of pure luck, the etching came out in a painterly brush-strokey feel, which worked quite well with the design I think. I’m happy with this one, but how I wish I didn’t brush the sugar-syrup on the surface at the end…! The face looks too shiny, as if you slathered sun-oil on a sunny holiday…! Lol! Definitely not a winter look! (…unless the girl was lucky & went somewhere hot for the winter hols I guess…!)
Anyway, hope all is well with you guys! Chao for now! 
T xx


  1. Happy New Year to you too! Beautiful galettes! Your face design one, it truly is an original as I have never seen it anywhere like it, well done! I look forward to more of your posts this year!
    All the best,

    Comment by Louise - January 8, 2013 12:54 pm

  2. Wow these look fantastic, well done! Did you eat all 3 of them?! :)
    Happy New Year to you and your family too! May 2013 be a year filled with joy and laughter for all of you!

    Comment by Caroline - January 8, 2013 2:09 pm

  3. Louise & Caroline!
    Happy New Year to you too!!!! xx
    And thank you! The face design, yes, I haven’t seen it done on a Galette des Rois either! I think it’s my fave out of the three above! I suppose, if one is really good at etching & have illustration skills, there can be lots more interesting pictures, like a forest scenery or something??
    Ps: nope, I haven’t eaten all! There’s some left…@@ But I’m not complaining, I’ll eat them over the course of the week! Lol!

    Comment by Tamami - January 8, 2013 3:15 pm

  4. How lovely all three are! I know you are a perfectionist, but I think the slight irregularities make a more beautiful cake since it does not have the appearance of a product stamped out by a bakery. As has already been said, the face design is so original and most charming. And thanks for the inspiration, especially the tip about using a tart pan as a cutter. What a good idea!

    Comment by Heidy - January 8, 2013 3:54 pm

  5. Hello Heidy!!!!! Cheers!!!!! :) :)
    And ah! Actually I agree with you on the ‘irregularity’ front also! It’s just that, after the initial making (4hours+) & the lo~ng wait to use the puff pastry while it rests in the fridge for 12 hours, you’d want it to be perfect y’know, it becomes such a big deal! LOL!
    And my idea to use the tart tin as a cutter: he he! Thanks! It’s unconventional, but it does work a treat everytime! And the last thing you’d want is for the almond cream to ooze out from the sides! xx

    Comment by Tamami - January 8, 2013 4:07 pm

  6. OMG they all look great to me ! I managed to do mine on sunday ( but forgot to put the “fève” inside ). The homemade puff pastry came out well (am not as perfectionist as you) but I think I was worried about the butter and calories and rolled it just slightly too thin: still, the layers were there. But now that you are talking about gâteau Basque, I can try again. Bonne Année. Anne MC

    Comment by Anne - January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

  7. Hi Anne!! Good to hear back from you!! How fantastic that yours also came out well!!!!!
    :) :) :)
    And, lol, yes, the calories…!!!! Am always fighting those all the time, but it’s a tad bit difficult in this profession as you know! Butter, refined sugar & plain flour carbo is my daily staple. On top of that I eat a lot of Japanese rice, again carbo-rich! Lol, I better start exercising I guess… (perhaps my new year resolution?)
    Bonne Année! T xx

    Comment by Tamami - January 8, 2013 6:04 pm

  8. Hi Tamami, wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. I didn’t even know what Galette des Rois was, how sad is that :( I googled it now and am already drooling. I love all the three designs but I like the face design the best too :). Maybe because it means something….I wouldn’t have had the heart to cut it up though :)

    Comment by Poornima - January 8, 2013 7:17 pm

  9. Poornima, happy new year to you too~!!!!!
    Yes, the Galette des Rois is really really delicious, especially when it is still warm from the oven! It does get very buttery though, what with the butter in the puff aswell as with the almond cream filling which incorporates a more than healthy amount of butter! – I’m glad that you also like the face design! Cheers!!! :)

    Comment by tamami - January 8, 2013 8:32 pm

  10. Happy New Year Tamami chan!
    I see you’ve already been busy in the kitchen this year with those beautiful galettes while the kids are at school! “I” and “S” are so lucky to find such delicious cakes waiting for them at home.
    We are all doing well over here and will try to write an email soon.
    I look forward to all your yummy posts again this year!
    Take care and give my love to all your family!

    Comment by Akiko Manabe - January 9, 2013 2:32 am

  11. Akiko chan!!!!!! Oh wow!! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!! Thank you for checking on my blog Aki chan!! It’s so lovely to hear from you!! I’m so glad to know that your family is doing well!! Yes, please write me an email soon~!!!!! xx

    Comment by tamami - January 9, 2013 2:56 am

  12. I’m horribly late, but happy new year!!! Hope your year has gotten off to a great start and that you’re enjoying your break from the market.

    I am attempting my first ever galette des rois next week! (Yes, way after Epiphany but a French colleague assures me that it’s acceptable to serve it throughout January…) I’m sure mine won’t look like your works of art (especially not the last one – wow!) but I hope it tastes good, at least. :) xx

    Comment by Rachel - January 17, 2013 10:34 am

  13. Rachel!!!!
    Ooooh! Lovely to hear from you! :) And happy new year to you too! Yes, I’ve been seriously enjoying the break from the market! Been utilizing the time I have to baking new things & learning new skills. (… which is my new years resolution!)
    And Galette Des Rois! Good luck! Are you making from puff pastry?

    Comment by Tamami - January 17, 2013 1:18 pm

  14. Beautiful. We often swing by your stall…maybe one day we’ll introduce ourselves… please post more frequently in 2013…and come say hi- thedalstonyears.wordpress.com

    Comment by thedalstonyears - January 18, 2013 10:07 pm

  15. Hello thedalstonyears!!! Wow, thank you for leaving your comment here!! Yes, please pop over to my stall & let me know who you are! I’d be curious to find out…!!! xx

    Comment by Tamami - January 19, 2013 1:04 am

  16. Dear Tamami,
    (Late) Happy New Year, and thank you for becoming an inspiration to me :) Am on the process of opening a cake market stall in Prague, and your blog made me have hopes and motivation.
    As for gallete des rois, looks great and since I never had one before I am curious to make one. If one day I will come to London I will for sure come to visit your market stall and will be grateful if I could get any small advise from your experience as market stall holder :)
    Wishing you all the best, and will be following you blog with much interest !

    Comment by Mara - January 22, 2013 4:30 am

  17. Hello Tamami,

    The galettes look wonderful. You are a skilled baker. I hope you enjoyed them fully with your little ones and family.
    It is great to have you back. Looking forward to a year full of wonderful posts from you.
    Warm wishes

    Comment by Swati - January 22, 2013 10:29 am

  18. Mara, happy new year to you too!!! :)
    Wow, thank you very much for your kind words, it means a lot to me! – Good luck with your new stall!! I believe baking cakes bring many happiness to people including yourself!
    ps: and do one day come to London! ^^
    Swati!! How lovely to hear from you!!!!! – Thank you very much for your kind words too! May 2013 bring much happiness & joy & many delicious foods to you!! Best, T xx

    Comment by Tamami - January 22, 2013 10:49 am

  19. Greetings Tamami! So glad to see this post! You turned me into a Galette des Rois nut and I frequently make them to sell at the Farmers Market! I love the new design ideas and look forward to incorporating new ones into my own. I hope you are well and enjoying 2013.
    My best to you~Diane

    Comment by Diane - February 19, 2013 7:29 pm

  20. Wow, hello~ Diane! Great to hear from you! :) Ha ha, Galette des Rois nut?! Me too. I’m glad you’ve joined the club! :) All the best for you in 2013 also! T xx

    Comment by tamami - February 22, 2013 12:53 am

  21. Hello Tamami!! Wow… to me, these galettes are absolutely, positively perfect. I wouldn’t have even noticed the flaws if you hadn’t pointed them out! Love your blog… I’ve only just discovered your patch of the internet and I’m already in love! xx

    Comment by laurasmess - April 6, 2013 11:52 pm

  22. Hi Tamami! As always, I find your tips invaluable and your works cannot be praised enough. Thank you! :)

    Comment by Whisks & Chopsticks - April 7, 2013 6:58 am

  23. Hello Laurasmess!!Aww, many thanks for your kind words & thank you for noticing my blog! Hope to hear from you again! xx
    And dear Whisks & Chopsticks, I noticed that you have mentioned me on your recent blog entry! Wow! I’m absolutely honoured!! Thank you very much!! All the best, T xx

    Comment by Tamami - April 8, 2013 1:20 pm


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