The Epiphany is approaching and with it the scrumptious galette des Rois (the cake, tart, or "wafer" of the Kings) makes its appearance on the tables of France and, ever more so, of Australia – we've spotted several pastry shops in Sydney which offer la galette des Rois at this time of the year and we purchase our galettes at la boulangerie Victoire, 660 Darling Street, Roselle.
But what is la galette des Rois? Sandra Haurant, from the Guardian, explains it to us:
A French epiphany: the king of sociable cakes
Below, Madame, from the wonderful blog Becoming Madame, talks about the porcelain charm, la fève (which is the French for "broad bean"):
Les fèves are an interesting tradition themselves. Over the years, my mother-in-law has accumulated quite a collection. This weekend she explained their history to me. At the beginning, the fève was a white kidney bean baked into the pastry. The tradition goes that whoever gets the trinket in their piece has to offer the galette the next year. Some rather parsimonious people used to swallow the bean so that they wouldn’t be responsible for returning the generosity. In later years, when my 97 year old great grand mother-in-law was young, the fèves were a small ceramic baby Jesus; for the next generation they turned into white porcelain figures of a grown Jesus. By the time my husband’s generation came along, the fèves had turned into religious trinkets of all kinds. Nowadays, for my little nieces and nephews, the religious symbolism is shared with tiny colorful porcelain trucks and trains and dolls.
Here are several videos relating to the galette des Rois: two in English, and three in French for the intermediate / advanced students who would like to practise their French comprehension. In the first video, the lovely Geraldine, from Comme une Française, introduces us to the galette des Rois; in the second and third videos, the ruggedly handsome Gaël Pollès provides us with a brief history of both l'Épiphanie and la galette des Rois; in the fourth video, the less ruggedly handsome but wonderful Raymond Blanc bakes for us his version of la galette des Rois, generously inserting two fèves rather than one; the final video is, of course, from our favourite programme, Karambolage.
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