Galettes des rois – King’s cake for Epiphany

January 6th, 2013

The galettes des rois – traditional for Epiphany on January 6th – start showing up in bakeries in France right after Christmas.  Baked with a bean or a ceramic figure, the person who gets the figure (a ‘feve’) is king or queen and gets to wear a paper crown (sold with the cake).  The traditional flavor is almond paste with pastry cream – but you can also find chocolate, apple, pistachio.  And designer feves – this year Baker Poilâne’s feves (pictured below) were designed by Sonia Rykeil and one is flavored with hazelnuts, the other with frankincense and myrrh.

The traditional galette of puff pastry is feature in this post.  But there’s another version made from brioche with candied fruit (also pictured) that’s traditional in Provence.

The galette has become an opportunity to invite friends and family, a sort of open house, at any point in January.  Families and friends hold them, my gym class has one, an expat group I know has one.  As of now, I have 3 invitations.  Since I love galettes I’m delighted!  And if you find yourself in France anytime during January you’ll be able to sample!  Most bakeries sell galettes for 4, 6, or 8 but some make them for 2 or individual ones – or sell them by the slice.  Find your favorite!  Enjoy!

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