King’s Cake – La Galette des Rois

The Christmas season is always a time of celebration and gift exchange, but for most of us this season ends with the Boxing Day sales. But for French and Spanish speaking countries – tradition continues. The Epiphany, January 6th,  is associated with the day the Magis (or Three Wise Men) went to visit baby Jesus and this is cause for more celebration.

La Galette des Rois is the traditional cake made in honour of this period: made with sweet puff pastry and frangipane, a soft almond  filling, it makes a great dessert or afternoon snack. From Dec – Jan, tThis cake can be found in the windows of many patisseries with a crown placed on top (it can’t be called the King’s Cake without one now!)

Lastly, to make things even more interesting there’s always la fève to be found. This is a trinket that is baked into every cake, and whoever’s slice contains it is crowned ‘king’ for the day. This trinket can vary from a porcelain figurine of the baby Jesus to a plastic cat. Mine was a handbag…why not, eh?

King's Cake

 

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