Belgian “New Years” galettes.

The best recipes are those that come with a story. Those are the recipes that have been passed along for generations and bring back old memories and time-honored traditions with every bite. As long as I can remember, my grandmother baked these galettes during the Christmas Holidays Grandma on the old cast iron press.  She gave my her recipe (and an electric waffle iron) when I got married, and ever since I continued this family tradition. When you do a search online, you find a lot of similar recipes. Just keep in mind that you really need a special waffle iron to bake them.
It’s customary to eat these gallettes on New Year’s Day while visiting relatives and friends. It is a day for giving and receiving gifts. So I always bake a huge batch of them, but you can easily cut the recipe in half.

Ingredients:

  • 900g sugar
  • 750g melted butter (Kerrygold)
  • 1 kg flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. cognac (I use Martell V.S.O.P.)
  • 2 eggs 

Method:

  • Mix the butter and the sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add salt, eggs, vanilla extract and cognac to the mixture and mix together.
  • Gradually stir in flour and blend together.
  • Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Roll small balls from the dough and place in the galette iron.  Bake for about a minute until golden brown.
  • Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks.

 

belgian new years galettes