Galette des Rois

Epiphany is celebrated in many countries, in all sort of ways, on January 6th of each year.

Why January 6th? Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia: The three kings cake takes its name from the Biblical Magi who are also referred to as the three kings.[5] In Western Christian tradition, Epiphany (also known as “Three Kings Day”) celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.[5] The Eve of Epiphany is known as Twelfth Night, which is the last day of the Christmas season, and Epiphany Day itself commences the Epiphany season. The three kings cake originated in the Middle Ages in Europe from whence French settlers brought it to colonial America.[5] It often includes a statue of the Christ Child and it is believed that the individual who discovers it will have good fortune.[2][5] The three kings cake is consumed throughout Epiphanytide until the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.[5

In France, we celebrate this day by eating a Galette des Rois, also known as King’s Cake. It is a puff pastry dessert filled with Frangipane, made with almond meal, sugar and butter.

We hid a “feve” usually made of porcelain, inside the cake before baking it. Whoever find the trinket, is crown King or Queen for the year! When there are a few kids at the table, we usually hide 2 trinkets to make it more fun, and the winners get to pick a king or queen to be crowned with them. When you buy a Galette in France, they provide a paper crown for the winner. You can make one your self at home, it’s a lot of fun for kids!

To make sure there is no cheating, the youngest person present has to hide under the table while the cake is cut and we ask “who’s this slice for”? The one under the table decides of who is getting the slice without peeking at whether there is a trinket in the slice!

Our tradition was to keep all the Christmas decorations up until January 6th and we remove everything that day and finish off with eating a Galette. That’s why at my house, all the decors are still up!

I hope you enjoy making this dessert as much as I do, and maybe you’ll start this tradition too!

Happy new year!




1 comment

  • Excellent description and we will have to try the Gallette des Rois. Our tradition similar in some ways would to put a coin or small trinket (in foil) in our Christmas Pudding. We have not done it for years but your comments have inspired to to rebegin the tradition!

    Dale Hewitt

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