EpiphanyEvery year on 6th January, the French celebrate Epiphany with the Kings cake.
La galette des rois (named after the three kings) is a puff pastry cake filled with frangipane, an almond filling. You can find other types of cakes in other parts of France, but in my neck of the woods it is the puff pastry kind. There are other fillings available as some people do not like frangipane. Apple, pear and chocolate... are all there to make everybody happy.
|Our galette, pear and chocolate. Miam !|
The "fève"The big thing about the Galette des Rois that I haven't mentioned yet is the fève - the trinket. Made of ceramic, you might find one in your slice of cake! Traditionally, they were dried beans but now they come in all sorts of shape and people even collect them (and not only children).
The ritualsSomeone cuts the cake and the youngest child goes under the table. He or she will say who will have the next slice. While eating, everybody wonders who has the trinket and they eat cautiously their lovely slice of cake. Whoever gets the trinket gets the crown and choses a queen or a king. It is said that whoever gets the trinket bakes or buys the next cake. We do it sometimes as it lasts until the end of January and it is a nice excuse to meet up with friends.
We shared a really nice pear and chocolate galette. Guess who found the fève ?!
|The galette and the lovely crown|
|We haven't found the trinket yet!|
|My Little Lala has found it!|
|It's an owl!|