Sunday, January 6, 2013

Epiphany in France—the galette des rois cake

It's Épiphanie today and in France that's your signal to eat cake. Specifically, a galette des rois (cake of kings). Whatever your religious beliefs may be, you just have to like a holiday that has its own cake. You can find the galette des rois in bakeries and grocery stores across France. They all basically have the same circular, flat shape, although the type varies. The most popular has a marzipan filling, but there are brioche-ish ones with crusted sugar, still others with apple filling and I even saw one this year with pears and chocolate. We like the brioche-ish one. We cut it up and toast it. With some jam, it's an excellent breakfast. When you buy the galette des rois it comes with a paper crown.



Baked inside is a little trinket called a fève (I love these, I have quite a collection). Whoever gets the slice with the fève gets to wear the crown and is the king or queen for the day.


I got the fève this yearI haven't quite figured out what this little guy is doing. Is he supposed to be playing  cricket? Anyway, he's a cutie.




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