A baking epiphany

galette-des-rois-a-la-frangipane

If there’s any day to head to the local boulangerie to treat yourself to a tasty treat for only a couple of euros, then today is the day. By rights your Christmas decorations should be down by now (it’s bad luck if they’re still up tomorrow!), and what better way to bid farewell to the festive period by indulging in a galette des rois (literally ‘King’s cake’), a round puff pastry, frangipane filled delight traditionally enjoyed to celebrate the festival of Epiphany (6th January), and sold throughout France for the whole month of January.

And who knew that baked goods could be so interactive? With each galette is sold a paper crown, and the one who gets to wear it is the person who finds the feve  hidden in the filling. Traditionally this was an actual broad bean,  but these day feves are far more exotic and interesting, and take the form of a little porcelain or plastic trinket in a mind-boggling array of designs, from works of art to cartoon characters. Sink your teeth into the hard little prize, and you get to be king for the day. Bon appetit your majesty! 

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