Here's all the ingredients ready to go
Sugar, salt, softened butter and almond paste ready to be creamed with the hand mixer
Creaming the butter etc
Once creamy, add the egg yolks
And the vanilla and beat again until creamy
Add flours and beat into mixture
And here's what it looks like before placing in pastry
Roll puff pastry to 11 inches or so
Mark with large dish to cut into circle
Here's the mark to cut on. If on a pastry mat, don't use a sharp knife!
Here's the base. Transfer to parchment lined cookie sheet
Take the second puff pastry and roll out slightly larger than first one to provide overlap
Add creamed almond paste mixture on the first puff pastry evenly, leaving at least a half inch around the edge to join with top on next step
Ohh how cute! Don't forget to add the "feve" which is the little surprise found in King's Cake in France. You can use a clean coin or even a hard bean
Whatever you choose, place it in the creamed almond mixture
From the remaining scraps of dough, cut out designs to lay on top of cake I cut out the year 2013 and some hearts. You can use cookie cutters too
Place the second pastry on top of the creamed almond mixture after wetting the 1/2 inch margin with water with your index finger.
It should look like this
Press the edges together with a fork to ensure it seals to bottom layer
Add your cutout decorations
Mix egg yolk and water
And spread gently across the top of the galette You can use some of the egg yolk to stick down the decorations
It should look like this, place in the oven preheated to 400F for 30/35 minutes.
It will puff up in the oven and come out toasty brown.
Happy new year!