Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s Carnaval time in France. The French Fries headed off to school today dressed up in their recycled Halloween costumes and crèpes for class parties.

Why not throw a little Mardi Gras party of your own with a Galette des Rois?

Yeah, yeah, I know that the French celebrate Epiphany on January 6th with these yummy cakes. But in New Orleans, everyone eats King Cakes at Mardi Gras – and whoever finds the “favor” is king for the day.

(Anyway, who needs an excuse to eat cake? Chez La Mom, any old day will do.)

Mmmm...cake. S comme Small Fry!


Here’s my belle-mère’s recipe for Galette des Rois:

Ingredients:

200 grams/1 cup powdered almonds
200 grams/1 cup granulated sugar
160 grams/3/4 cup of melted butter
4 whole eggs + 1 beaten egg for crust decoration
1 cuillère à soupe/tablespoon of flour
2 pre-made puff pastry crusts

Line a pie pan with one pastry crust. Prick all over with a fork. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together (except second pastry crust). Pour mixture into pie pan and top with second crust. Using a paring knife, make small decorative scoring incisions in the crust. Brush with beaten egg.

Cook in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes at 180°C/350°F. When cake has cooled, lift up a layer of the puff pastry and gently insert a bean (the original French “fève”) or a real Mardi Gras favor.

Calories: Approximately 1 gazillion.

Bon appétit!

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Le Carnaval isn’t a big deal in Paris. But check out Carnaval in Nice or Dunkerque if you want to see where the action is!
 

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