It is officially eaten at Epiphany (around 6th January) but CC and I were invited for coffee at a neighbour’s house the Sunday before last and we were treated to her homemade version of the cake served with champagne before we got round to having the coffee!
Yesterday at the library the English classes, always ready for an excuse to party, suggested we had Galette des Rois next week, – naturally accompanied by several bottles of champagne. It was decided who should bring what and I proposed starting the 5 o’clock class at 4.30 so that we could have half an hour to indulge before the 6 0’clock class began.
As it happened one of the ladies from the second group had brought a Galette anyway so we ate that during the lesson.
Since Christian times the custom has been linked to the visit of the Magi and traditionally the cake is cut into the same number of pieces as there are people . A charm is hidden in the cake and whoever gets it wears the King’s crown and chooses their Queen. If there are children involved the youngest gets under the table and says who should receive each piece.
In fact, like many Christian customs, the Galette des Rois has it’s origin in pagan rituals connected to Dionysus and the midwinter festivities.
The basic recipe consists of puff pastry with a frangipane filling but there are other varieties made with brioche and alternative fillings including chocolate, coconut, apples etc.
So much for starting a diet after Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . .
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