Posts Tagged ‘pastry’

Epiphany – Galette des Rois

January 7th, 2014

The French celebrate the Epiphany (which commemorates the date when the Magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus) with this wonderful cake – the galette des rois (or king’s cake).   While almond paste filling encased in puff pastry is the tradition in much of France, in the south it’s a circular brioche cake decorated with dried fruit.   You can even find other regional variations.  And these days you can find the traditional galettes with alternate fillings – apple & chocolate, pistachio or hazelnut!


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


Provençal galette des rois

January 14th, 2012

In my last post I included a picture of the galette des rois that one finds in Paris and the north of France.  Here’s the southern (Provençal) version.



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