January 6th is l’épiphanie or la Galette des Rois /King’s Cake Day celebrated all over France reminiscent of the biblical tradition of the 3 wise men’s journey bearing gifts after the birth of Jesus. The tradition says that should you get the fève or bean hidden in the galette at the Tirage des Rois, you shall be crowned king or queen for the day. Custom has it that the youngest child hides under the table and chooses which piece of galette each guest receives.
My favorite is la Galette à la frangipane ( tastes a lot like my other favorite almond cake le pithiviers). I enjoyed this very simple video recipe in French should you be so inclined to bake your own buttery and flaky galette or try a new galette from your French bakery. (Here are my Top French bakeries in Los Angeles and Top French Bakeries in Dallas)
In the North like Normandie, Galette is made of pâte feuilleté, puff pastry, and stuffed with a dense, creamy almond paste called frangipane. In the south of France, you’ll be eating a brioche-style cake covered with candied fruits.
Bonne recette! Easy recipe!
Les fèves traditionelles in France ( impossible to accidently swallow! ) There’s a new theme each year ( even Cocal Cola!)
Did you know that collecting these feves is called: Favophilie!
Amazon has a good selection of French ingredients, Golden crowns, and charms to get ready and make your own Galette des rois.