When I first started learning about French culture, I discovered a “cake” that is traditionally made in France during the month of January. A Galette des Rois, or King’s Cake, is a puff pastry filled with almond cream. It is usually served on the Epiphany (January 6th) to commemorate the arrival of the Three Kings (les rois) to visit baby Jesus. Some refer to this day as Little Christmas. There is a trinket or bean (la fève) baked inside the cake. Usually, there is a crown on top. Whoever gets the “fève” in their slice of the pastry is crowned “king” for the day.

It’ll be no surprise to you that I love integrating French traditions into my life and have wanted to have this dessert with my family for years. Finally, I got to do just that this year!

When I was visiting my family in Boston, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work in the kitchen. Not without a Kir Royale, of course!

A Kir Royale for the baker.
Hard at work.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make. And my family raved about how delicious it was!

(Note to self: take it out of the oven a minute or two earlier next year.)

Galette des Rois
The finished Galette des Rois.

And what made the dessert even better? I got the fève!

Time for seconds!

If you’d like to try making one on your own, here is the recipe that I used.


Photos by Living Frenchly

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