There is a New Year tradition that is really important to me: the Galette des Rois (Kings’ cake would be the best translation?). I would never miss this occasion because it is also my birthday cake! We use to eat it for le goûter (afternoon tea time) with friends and family.
This cake is not for the fainted hearts! The Galette des rois is very buttery made with 2 (100% butter) puff pastry layers and a frangipane (almond paste) in between. It’s rich, very fragrant (Oh the sweet smell of butter, almonds and caramel!). Don’t even think about your new years resolution when eating it!
There is no recipe for this post because I didn’t baked it. I’m not confident enough to do a great puff pastry! (That’s one of my goals for 2019: master the art of puff pastry). I bought this Galette des rois at a french bakery in Edinburgh called La Barantine. If you want a taste of french bread and cakes, look no more, this is the place to be (well in my opinion!) I think they really did a good job and I was super happy to share this beloved tradition with my friends!
I wanted to do an hommage to the Scottish winter light: low, soft and dramatic. I love the afternoon light, when the sun is almost done, right before it is too dark and we have to turn the lights on. It makes the room very intimate. I wanted a very dark, deep and rich blue to contrast with the gold of the Galette.
I used a trip box with a grid and no reflector for a maximum contrast. Here is a behind the scene: