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23-365: La Galette des Rois

01-23-10 | Snapped by Sanni | Filed under food, traditions |

[ One of the reasons I loved the job at the catering company I worked for ages ago so much was I learned a lot about traditions from foreign countries near and far. Nico, one of the French cooks, introduced "galette de rois" to us. Every year around Epiphany he baked the famous king cake using his mom's secret recipe. The delicious cake is made of puff pastry and frangipane. A single bean or figurine gets baked inside the cake. Whoever stumbles upon the figurine / bean will be crowned king for the remaining holiday. The king also holds the next "Three Kings Party".

While he shared the tradition with us, Nico never revealed the recipe - and ended up baking at least 4 or 5 king cakes during January.

I bet you can imagine I was so thrilled to read a post over at my friend Claudie's blog about my beloved king cake. Besides explaining the tradition, Claudie also shared a surprisingly easy to bake recipe for galette des rois and some funny facts.

We baked our very first home-made king cake today. So much fun. Of course Luis couldn't wait. He crowned himself before the cake was placed inside the oven. His enthronement was well deserved - he also found the trinket in his piece of cake.

The whole family is in king cake heaven - thank you so much, Claudie! ]


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Merci



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