Friday, December 7, 2012

Gâteau Des Rois Bordelais

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 13

Anne did not shrink from it; on the contrary, she truly felt as she said,
in observing--

"I think you are very likely to suffer the most of the two;your feelings are less reconciled to the change than mine. By remaining in the neighbourhood, I am become inured to it."
She could have said more on the subject; for she had in fact so high an opinion of the Crofts, and considered her father so very fortunate in his tenants, felt the parish to be so sure of a good example, and the poor of the best attention and relief,that however sorry and ashamed for the necessity of the removal,she could not but in conscience feel that they were gone who deserved not to stay, and that Kellynch Hall had passed into better hands than its owners'.  These convictions must unquestionably have their own pain, and severe was its kind; but they precluded that pain which Lady Russell would suffer in entering the house again,
and returning through the well-known apartments.

Gâteau Des Rois Bordelais
Adapted from Vie Pratique Gourmand magazine

Ingredients :

1 orange  zest
3 eggs
150 g softened butter (diced)
150 ml milk
100 g fruit confit
500 g flour
150 g powdered sugar
8 g active dry yeast
2 tbsp orange blossom water
1 pinch of salt
Egg wash


1)      In a small bowl add warm water, yeast & a pinch os sugar. Stir well to dissolve & let stand till foamy for about 10 to 15 mins.

2)      Beat eggs & sugar in a large bowl. Add in pinch of salt, flour yeast mixture, 2 tbsp of orange blossom water beat on low speed ; Gradually add in milk & beat till well combined. Add in butter  beat for another 10 mins minutes till smooth & elastic in texture. . Place in a buttered big bowl & cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm room till it doubled in size about 3 hours . 

3)      Slice or cut fruit confit .  Press down the dough & add orange zest & knead the dough on a lightly floured  board till smooth . Shape the dough into a log &  shape it into a circle crowd .  Topped with fruit confit  & place it on a baking tray & cover with baking paper & let to proof for another 1 hour.

4)       Preheat oven to 150°C . Brush egg wash on brioche dough & sprinkle with sugar . Bake for 45 mins till golden brown .

Submitting this recipe to Bookmarked Recipes , monthly event hosted by  Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes.


  1. Kris this is absolutely beautiful and look really beauty and Christmassy!!!
    love it!
    have a nice weekend!

  2. Looks lovely Kit - very festive! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

  3. What a beautiful broche! Love how festive it is. And it comes in my favorite orange flavors.

  4. Kit you did a great job decorating it! Looks so festive and pretty.

  5. So pretty and well decorated. This really brings in the Christmas mood.

  6. Such a beautiful bread , Kit ! Very festive indeed ! It looks as pretty as the one in that magazine :D

  7. Beautiful bread! I'm certain you'll have it perfected by your next batch :)I made a tea roll this week and topped it with candied cherries. Both my husband and daughter had a pile on their plates when they were done eating :/

  8. SNAP! I just made the Spanish version of this, Roscas de Reys, for a competition! I ADORE galette des Rois and yours looks fabulous Kit! Watch out for my Spanish version next week! Karen

  9. Kit, this cake bring me to the time of my childhood when I was waiting for Christmas miracles :) In Russia we celebrate New Year and then Christmas and Epiphany in January.
    Love your cake and the photo. I still want a miracle!

  10. This is a beautiful festive bread! It looks exactly like the one in the magazine! It definitely spells out "Christmas" and I have not even started my Christmas shopping yet! Have been very busy lately, and how I wish for a slice of this lovely bread and a cup of warm tea to sit back and enjoy!

  11. Your bakes always look so good and this is no exception! I've always wanted to make one of these...your version is fab! :-)

  12. WOW! Great presentation and look very festive too!!

  13. Hi Kit,

    A cake for a king! This cake sounds very grand and festive to me.

    My husband and son are typically not a fan of fruity cakes and breads which I will have more for myself... ha!


  14. Kit,
    This is a great festive bread!!
    Love your presentation and the pictures..:)
    Feel so warm and cosy..(^_^)
    Have a lovely week ahead.

  15. Oh my... I must say this is such a pretty bake!!!! Im' sure it brought smiles to everyone!!! nI love to try a slice of your wonderful brioche:-D

  16. Hi Kit, this is such a pretty bake! Looks very beautiful and delicious, so festive! ;)

  17. Beautiful bread! Definitely puts us in a Christmas mood :)

  18. wow, i love your pictures today. So festive looking and looks like it's a picture from those home magazines! looking at all those christmas ornaments, i think you must be busy decorating your house for christmas too!

  19. It is truly spectacular Kit and I would love to try it. Beautiful photos.

  20. This looks fabulous and if this is just your practice one, I'm really looking forward to the "real" one in January. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.