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Galette Provençale a Holiday Dessert Recipe

Discover the Galette Provençale

If you don’t have a galette variation in your country, you can very well make it yourself. While you cook, the children in the family can have fun making wreaths. It really is a very festive time. Moreover, this cake really encourages conviviality, between friends and/or colleagues. I give you in this article the recipe that we follow to make our Provençal galette.

Si vous n’avez pas de galettes dans votre pays, vous pouvez très bien la réaliser vous-mêmes. Pendant que vous cuisinez, les enfants de la famille peuvent s’amuser à fabriquer des couronnes. C’est vraiment une période très festive. D’ailleurs ce gâteau incite vraiment à la convivialité, entre amis et/ou collègues. Je vous livre dans cet article la recette que nous suivons pour réaliser notre galette provençale.

I wish you a happy King’s Feast on January 6th (read about holiday traditions here).

Je vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes des Rois.

Galette Provençale a Traditional Holiday Recipe

Galette Provençale - Christmas Cake

Virginie Van Der Wees
Shaped like a wreath and decorated with dried fruit, the galette Provençale is a seasonal favourite. This recipe takes a bit of time, but like all holiday baking, the result is delicious and well worth the wait.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time: 5 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 10 people



  • 2 cups Flour
  • 4 tsp Baker’s Yeast 1 Package
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup Soft Butter
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Pearl Sugar
  • 1 cup Candied Fruit
  • 2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
  • 2 tbsp Cane Sugar Syrup


  • Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm milk in a glass.
  • Reserve 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the mould.
  • Sift the flour then make a "well" for the liquid ingredients.
  • Pour in the dissolved yeast, eggs, powdered sugar and orange blossom water.
  • Mix the ingredients and knead the dough.
  • Add the butter, cut into small pieces, and continue kneading the dough.
  • Butter the crown-shaped mould.
  • Place the dough in the mould.
  • Put the bean (la fève) in the dough.
  • Cover the dough with a cloth.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm atmosphere without drafts. The dough should expand to fill the mould (depending on the temperature this could take several hours). Once the dough has risen the brioche is ready to bake.
  • Preheat the oven to thermostat 6 (180°C or 350°F).
  • Baking time is roughly 30 minutes, but could be less. You want the dough to be golden brown.
  • Remove the cake from the mould and allow to cool slightly.
  • Brush the crown with cane sugar syrup when it comes out of the oven.
  • Decorate the crown with candied fruits and granulated sugars.


If you do not have cane sugar syrup in your country, simply mix 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Stir until completely dissolved, but the water must not boil!
French verbs:
To knead = pétrir
To sift = tamiser
To dissolve = délayer
Dough = la pâte.
Keyword Cakes, Christmas Recipe, Holidays
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Virginie Van Der Wees

Virginie Van Der Wees

Virginie Van Der Wees lives with her young family near the Montagne Sainte Victoire, a short 20-minute drive from Aix-En-Provence. She is a masseuse and a certified French teacher for non-French speakers. Since 2018, Virginie puts together full immersion experiences that include hosting and supporting language learners at their family home.

The Virginie in Provence curriculum allows students to build on their knowledge and move to the next level and beyond – all while enjoying the wonders that Provence has to offer. Suitable for any age group, Virginie offers adapted, tailor-made solutions for clients who are moving to Provence. This program allows them to improve their French and overcome cultural changes. Virginie also provides classic French lessons and cooking lessons (in French) online or at the client’s home.

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