oday I’m making one special and delicious cake which is made of only two components – puff pastry and almond cream. Its original French name is Galette des Rois – meaning – the cake of the kings, also called king’s cake.
If you have time, you can make delicious yourself, and you can even make a large batch and freeze it for the next puff pastry adventure! If not, don’t worry – the store bought one will be just fine, just defrost it in the fridge and you’re ready to roll! Regarding almond cream – I have already used it in my , so check that one too. In this recipe I decided to add some chocolate chips to my cream because… well – everything tastes better with chocolate chips, right? :)
Galette des rois or king’s cake is traditionally made in France, Quebec, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Lebanon during the celebration of Epiphany. This is a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6th, or 12th day of Christmas when Three Wise Men or three Kings – Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar came from the East following the bright star to visit baby Jesus. The Three Kings brought presents to a newbornchild – gold, incense and myrrh.
Galette des Rois probably originated in the Middle Ages in the 13th or 14th century. In France, it became a custom to bake this cake, at that time known as Gateau des Rois. A piece of this delicious cake was often saved for guests or the poor. There is another tradition related to this cake. A fève (fava bean) or a small trinket is usually hidden inside the cake. The person who gets a piece containing the hidden surprise gets a crown, and he or she is treated as a king or a queen for the entire day! Not bad, right?
This tradition most likely has roots in ancient Roman celebration of Saturnalia holiday – that was festivity of Saturn – Roman god of agriculture. During this holiday the slave who got the bean in a cake reversed a role with his master for one day. The bean itself was a symbol of fertility and prosperity.
Anyway, I didn’t put anything in my king’s cake, but if you want to play with your guests, put inside some trinket, buy a crown and enjoy! Ok, let’s bake some delicious Galette des Rois!
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