Nothing is better than a cupcake in our daily life, simple if you are in a hurry, rich if you feel a little cold in a winter afternoon, with strawberries on a perfect beach in Greece.. The mother of a good friend of mine in Italy used to call "generi di conforto" all those wonderful cakes that you'd bring with you when you go on a trip or just on your sofa.. for me cupcake is a little bit like that.. something good, cute.. that will come with you on your daily life!
le cupcake quotidien
photo Wanda Kujacz
dimanche 13 janvier 2013
La galette des rois
In Italy we
don’t have “la galette des rois”,
night between 5 and 6 of January we have a lovely tale about an old lady flying
in the sky on her sweeper and bringing candies to ones who have been good
during past year. When I was little I was in love with her and still now I like
this legend so much. In France we don’t have this tale but a cake called “three
kings cake” in honor of three magi kings of Epiphany. There is a little ceramic
toy into cake and the one who find it is “the king”. Until ends of January you
can find galette in every boulangerie of France.
part was easy, now let’s talk about how to make it.. puff pastry is the base of
it and until you didn’t get “that turn” la
galette des rois” can be a tricky game.
Dough: in a
bowl mix 220ml water, 15 pinch of marine salt, 100g melted butter, 20g caster
sugar and 410g flour. Work dough until you get this consistency, then reserve
butter between 2 parchment foils until you get a rectangular, flat shape.
over dough and fold it as shown.
Roll it gently in a rectangular shape and fold
it as shown in phase1. Roll it again in a rectangular shape and fold it again
as shown in phase1.
Now roll it
in a rectangular shape and fold it in a simple turn, as shown in phase2. Roll it
again and fold it again in a simple turn as shown in phase2.
in 2 parts and roll it in 2 discs of 1/2cm each.
cream filling: mix 70g soft butter, 70g caster sugar, 70g almond powder, 1 egg,
1tbsp rum and a pinch of vanilla extract until you get this consistency.
Put it in
one disc, stick the second disc over with a little bit of water. Fold edges and
bake in preheated oven (185°C) for 50 minutes. When it comes out spread on it
some syrup (boil 70g caster sugar with 70g water and a pinch of vanilla, then
arrived to the end and result is not too bad you are the king!