Galettes des Rois

From Versailles and More,

...Sunday is the feast of the Epiphany (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 Epiphany, 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...



Peterman said...

We actually ate the last of our beautiful Galette des Roi today. If you're ever down in Sarasota, perhaps the finest French bakery in Florida and maybe the Southeast is located there (C'est la Vie). The baker there makes Galette des Rois as good as anything you'll find in The Holy Kingdom of France. Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

Peterman said...

Also, guess this is my year since I got the bean in the first bite, a porcelain baker holding a bag of flour on her shoulder.