22 Nov The Galette des Rois is a dessert typical of northern France
The Galette des Rois is a dessert typical of northern France that is eaten in honor of the Three Kings , then in the period around the Epiphany; it is a cake made of layers of puff pastry, golden in the oven and filled with a thick layer of almond cream, called frangipane cream.
The meaning of the cake is to “bring the kings” to the Epiphany and this is why the cake is crowned, that is presented with a crown of cardboard surmounted that will become the essential item for the ceremony.
The tradition, of medieval origin, provides that during the preparation is hidden in the cake a figurine, which can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character. This figurine ideally symbolizes the King. In the past the beans were used and for this reason there is still the habit of calling it “fève”, but in 1870 they were replaced by porcelain figurines.
When it comes time to consume it, the young diner will have to hide under the table and when the cake is cut, he will decide who to deliver the slices. The one who, eating his own, will find the surprise, will be named King or Queen of the day and then receive the crown that was previously on the cake.
Douce also follows this tradition and creates the galette des rois . As the individual patisseries can offer a specialized line of fèves that portray different themes, from the great works of art to the stars of classic cinema and famous cartoon characters, for the Epiphany of 2018 Douce has chosen as theme the spinning top . Obviously he will sell a cardboard crown together with the cake to respect the tradition.