Wednesday, 7 January 2009

La Galette des Rois

As yesterday was the feast of the Epiphany, the Feast of Kings, I bought a Galette des Rois for us to eat.
So what is it? A tart made from 2 discs of flaky pastry filled with a mixture of ground almonds, butter and sugar. Trust me, it's really good. If you're not a great lover of the richness of the Galette you can buy a Gateau des Rois which is a brioche mix with candied fruit, pretty and less fattening.
Inside both of them is hidden what used to be a feve, a bean, now it's usually a pottery or china figurine of some sort. The tradition is that the youngest person present hides under the table and as the cake is cut calls out the name of the person to whom that piece should be given. He who finds the feve gets to wear the crown and be king.
The feast itself dates back to Roman days and includes the same traditions. Just goes to show nothing much changes...

6 comments:

Catherine said...

You do it as the tradition recommend it. No cheating to become the Queen ?
I tell you that because each time I cut up the galette, I come across the feve! Without wanting it, I swear.

George said...

Very interesting tradition.

Bibi said...

Hi, and greetings from Belgrade. Here the Serbs have a similar tradition on January 7th, which is Serbian Orthodox Christmas. A silver coin is baked in either a special bread or savory "pie" type of dish, and whoever gets it will have good fortune in the year that follows. My son got it today!

Tanya said...

That sounds like a fun tradition!

Destitute Rebel said...

Quite an interesting tradition, This is the first time I'v heard of it. Learning new things everyday.

Jilly said...

Super. I had this at Le Balico in Menton the other night. Very nice too - I had expected it to be much heavier but not. ie rather like almond paste is heavy.