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Galette des Rois

From Versailles and More, Thursday, feast of the Epiphany.

...Today is the feast of the Epiphanie (literally “revelation”) celebrating the travels of the three Magi, or Kings of the Orient, who followed a star to Bethlehem to visit Jesus a few days after the Nativity.

French Christmas celebrations conclude with the Epiphanie, and with the consumption of vast quantities of galettes des Rois, like the one to the left. They are made of puff pastry filled with marzipan. Each galette is sold with a gilded or silver cardboard crown and contains a fève (“fava bean.”) The fève is no longer a dry bean, but now consists in some decorative charm. My favorites are miniature Nativity scene figures. One must, of course, chew carefully not to break a tooth on the fève...


Thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine Delors.

I always like the prints she finds to illistrate her post. Here is today's print...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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