La Galette des Rois

In the Christian Calendar, Epiphany falls on 6th January. Historically, it celebrated the “revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus-Christ” (Wikipedia). In practice, in France at least, it commemorates the coming of the Wise Men to worship Jesus. It is not a bank holiday, and most people wouldn’t have a clue about this festival, but the tradition is kept by

Galette des Rois Source: u m a m i, Flickr
Galette des Rois
Source: u m a m i, Flickr

most families who eat a sweet cake called “la galette des Rois”. When I was growing up, the time when you could find a galette was quite short. But you can now find galettes throughout January.

“La galette des rois” is a lovely cake. It is made with puff pastry filled with an almond paste. A little figurine is usually hidden in the pastry. The one who finds it is crown king and has the right to choose his/her Queen/King. One tradition is that the youngest of the family hides under the table and chooses who gets which portion.

I love this pudding. It is on the top of my list of favorite puddings, together with Rice pudding.