Galette des Rois

I’ve been craving this Galette for a few weeks now… wondering where this sudden kick came from… then I realized that when we lived in France we had a Galette des Rois every year around this time.

A French Tradition to celebrate l’Epiphane, this holiday celebrates Christ being visited by Les Rois Mages (The Magi),  Three kings (Gaspard, Balthazar and Melchior).

The actual date is January 6th, the twelfth night, with a cake which literally translates to “The Kings Cake”. The cake contains a lucky charm (une fève) which originally was a bean, a symbol of fertility, now it’s often a charm made out of china or metal.  The charm can take any shape or form and can either be very plain, glazed or handpainted. It sometimes represents a religious figure such as the baby Jesus, but it can be virtually anything. Next time I’m at my parent’s I’ll take some pictures of the ones we’ve collected over the years!

The recipes vary, and honestly are nothing compared to the huge ones we got from the boulangerie in Chalon-sur-Saône. Yes we used to live in Burgundy France, hence my love for Red wine.

Our street came right up the left side of this photo into the courtyard. We used to eat Croissants at the cafe in the right side of the photo. sighhh.

At any rate, it’s a very flavorful Almond paste wrapped in a flaky golden delicious crust.

But it still was delish!! [don’t worry I have extras for you Mom & Larissa 🙂 ]


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