January 8th, 2012

Epiphany is celebrated all over France with a ‘galette des rois’ or King’s Cake. Once Christmas is past, every bakery has them, all through the month of January. They come in two forms, one with candied fruits (popular in Provence), the other puff pasty filled with almond paste. Both have a little ceramic figurine (a fêve) hidden in them – whoever gets that piece is the king or queen and gets to wear the little paper crown sold with each galette. Custom has it that the youngest person present hides under the table and points at who should get each piece, ensuring that there’s no collusion in who gets the honor. And if you get the fête you’re queen or king and get to wear the crown.  Fun and tasty!

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