La Galette des Rois…an Epiphany tradition

To the contrary of what everyone is trying to portray, humans are not perfect.

I already mentioned it. Sometimes things do not turn out the way you want. This is one of those times, and the story I want to share with this recipe. I decided to share my failure at my attempt of making a Galette des Rois.

But first, where does this tradition come from?

The Galette des Rois is a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany all around France, on January 6th. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem, and the moment the baby Jesus is presented to them. This date, which is exactly 12 days after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, marks the end of the Christmas holidays and the start of Carnival Season ending on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

The Galette des Rois, is a flaky pastry browned in the oven. The one we like most in France is filled with a “crème d’amande”, a cream made from almonds, butter, eggs and sugar. A small charm is hidden inside the cake. It is called the “feve”. The person finding the “feve” is crown king. The desert is not only shared at home but also in offices and schools.

I found a recipe from “Chocolate & Zucchini” blog. The author is a French food writer based in Paris. Her recipe looked fantastic and I liked how detailed she was in the step-by-step directions.

Shall I dare to say, I made a disaster. After 2 hours, my kitchen looked like a war zone. [Ok, maybe not that bad]. It took me 45 minutes to clean up the mess, and the Galette? Well let’s say I have work to do, and may need to go to France to savor one next year.


Thank you to the Ptitchef for the photo. Mine were not shareable on this blog.

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