Eat cake like a king!

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

If you are in France, it’s again time to celebrate  … oui …  bien sûr … more food! Don’t you love it? This time it’s all about a rich, almond cream (frangipane) enveloped by layers of light, flaky pastry (feuilleté).

Another joyful opportunity to bring friends and family around the table to share La Galette des Rois/The Kings’ Caketakes place on the first Sunday of January or January 6th and recognizes Epiphany, the arrival of the three wise men (Magis). This special pastry’s history can be  traced to Roman times.

During the French Revolution, the name was replaced with ‘Gâteau de l’Égalité’ (equality cake), as the word ‘king’ was a little out of fashion!

It’s so popular, many patisseries make the scrumptious cake through the entire month of January.

The cake is cut in the specific number of slices for the people present, with one extra symbolic slice for the first poor person passing by. The youngest child  (or the most innocent adult, if no children are present, which can result in great hilarity) goes under the table and calls out who will receive each slice to ensure fair distribution. The greatest excitement comes when one person discovers la fève (a lucky charm) hidden in a single slice.

Bon appétit!

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Click here to read an excellent account of the history and traditions of this special fête by my friend, Margo Lestz.

And speaking of food, have you signed up for the BECOME A FRENCH FOODIE IN 30 DAYS course with eFrench Café? Check with Ida Young-Bondi and see if you can still squeeze in!

About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!

Comments

  1. A timely reminder to make a galette, using my carefully husbanded fève … of a pompier! Happy New Year!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Margaret, you put me to shame. I would be dashing out to buy one! Is there a story behind your pompier fève? Bonne Année!

  2. I’ve never had a king cake, but it’s getting to be that time of year here when they become especially popular (Mardi Gras). Perhaps this is the year I get my taste.

    Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Looks delicious!

  4. You are earlier than I am, Patricia! My galette isn’t baked yet. And my post still in my draft box. Thanks for the lovely reminder of a sweet tradition.

  5. Patricia – The cake is indeed delicious and it’s a good thing I’m this far away from having a large piece. I never learned the mode of having that delicate slice so many are capable of. Enjoy, my friend.

  6. Rosca De Reyes is everywhere here in Spain! It is so good!!

  7. Patricia Sands says

    The country may change but the sweets are pretty much the same. Enjoy the fiesta!

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