This caramelized apple galette des rois is a classic French recipe enjoyed in early January in honor of Epiphany.
The French have a lot of wonderful traditions that are centered around food. One of our absolute favorites comes right after the Christmas and New Year festivities… the galette des rois.
Each January, following the holidays and sweets overload people all over the World kick into healthy eating mode. Don’t get me wrong, we are all for this – our most recent recipe post was a miso soup with leeks and carrots. We understand the need to detox and we are doing it too. However, it does make us smile though that in France, as the rest of the World begins to detox after holiday overeating, the French are busy preparing another cake : the galette des rois.
The galette des rois is a flaky, puff pastry tart traditionally made with a thick layer of frangipane – or marzipan – on the inside. It is very sweet and although we love it, we thought it would be fun to do a revisit. We created our very own version that is a touch lighter. It is sweet but not too sweet because it is made with delicious organic honey. We also threw in some caramelized apples because you can never go wrong with caramelized apples. #truestory
We were inspired to use honey in this recipe after receiving a large pot of honey from our friends at Knobel Honey all the way in Australia! The result is flaky, just the right amount of sweet and bursting with honey and apple flavors. We love the flavor of the honey when you bite into the tart.
This is a darling like tart that you can make and share with family and friends no matter what the occasion. The Epiphany tradition in France calls for baking a mini ceramic figurine or fève into the tart. The person who finds the fève in their slice is the king or queen – roi ou reine – and wears a crown for the rest of the day/evening. (The golden paper crown is given to you in every French bakery when you buy a galette des rois.)
We used Spotted Gum honey for this recipe. What is Spotted Gum? It is a type of Eucalyptus that gives this honey a rich and creamy flavor. Knobel Honey is a family run business that produces organic honey in the Australian outback. The bees munch on the Spotted Gum eucalyptus (and others types of Eucalyptus too depending on the season). The Spotted Gum honey added a special, pronounced flavor to our galette des rois.
What are you eating at the moment? Are you detoxing or are you still indulging in holiday sweets?
- 3 apples (peeled and cut into 12 parts)
- 1 puff pastry (we use this one)
- 2 tbsp of Knobel honey
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tbsp of cream
- 5g of butter
- 1 egg yolk
- Heat honey and sugar in a frying pan (or tart tatin pan) on medium heat.
- When the sugar and honey begin to caramelize, add the cream.
- Add the apples and butter and cook on low heat for 12 minutes.
- Increase the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes until apples caramelize.
- Remove from heat and put aside until the apples cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven into 390°F (200°C).
- Cut two 6 inch (15 cm) circles of dough.
- Put apples on the first circle, then cover with the second circle.
- Press the edges together to seal.
- Use a knife to create the design on the top of the tart.
- Brush with yolk.
- Put in the oven for 10 minutes then decrease the temperature to 340°F (170°C).
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until the galette tart turns golden brown.
- Serve warm or cold.
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