About this recipe:This French frangipane tart is traditional fare for celebrating Epiphany, the day when the three kings visited the baby Jesus (6th January). As part of the tradition, a bean or small ceramic charm ('feve' meaning favour) is baked right into the puff pastry tart, and the lucky finder of the feve is king (or queen!) for the day.
55g almond paste
4 tablespoons caster sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 pinch salt
1 (500g) pack puff pastry
1 dry kidney bean
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon icing sugar for dusting
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:30min › Ready in:50min
Place the almond paste into a food processor or blender with about half of the sugar, and process until well blended. Add the butter and remaining sugar and process until smooth, then blend in 1 egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, flour and salt. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Butter a baking tray or line with baking parchment and set aside.
Roll out one sheet of the puff pastry into a 30cm square. Keep the pastry cool, do not knead or stretch. Use a large pie tin, cake tin or frying pan to trace a 30cm circle onto the dough using the tip of a small knife. Place the circle of pastry onto the prepared baking tray. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry, and refrigerate both sheets.
Mound the almond filling onto the centre of the pastry that is on the baking tray. Leave about a 4cm margin at the edges. Press the bean (or feve) down into the filling. Place the second sheet of pastry on top, and press down the edges to seal. Beat the remaining egg with a fork, and lightly brush onto the top of the gallette. Use a knife to make a crisscross pattern in the egg wash, and then prick several small slits in the top to vent steam while baking.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not open the oven until the time is up, as the pastry will not fully puff. Remove from the oven, and dust with icing sugar. Return to the oven, and cook for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until the top is a deep golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Lay a golden paper crown gently on top of the cake. This will be used to crown the person who finds the bean or feve! Serve warm or cold. (Make sure to tell everyone about the bean or feve!)