|Galette des Rois|
The "king cake" is a Catholic tradition from the biblical 3-Kings that states that their journey to Bethlehem took twelve days; hence the "Twelve days of Christmas" to honor the Christ Child on Epiphany. In some places, this "cake season" can occur every week through carnival season to Mardi Gras.
|Alexandre found the fève|
The tradition: (condensed from the "Slow Travel France")
- Gather friends and family around the kitchen table.
- Nominate one person (typically the youngest, or at least the most flexible) to crawl under the table and act as "le main innocent" (innocent hand).
- Nominate someone else (typically the oldest, or at least the most honest) to act as the "distributeur des parts" (distributor of the cake).
|Everyone eagerly waiting for the cake to be distributed|
- Serve the galette, in French we say "tirer les rois". (draw the kings). The distributeur cuts the galette into slices that are held up one by one and served to the person named by the child under the table. This elaborate process ensures a random distribution of the fève.
- Proceed to lovingly devour the galette, perhaps with a glass of cider or two. 99 times out of 100, someone will suddenly announce that they have found the fève (and hopefully that they still have all their teeth). 1 time out of 100, well, we won't get into that.
- Crown the finder king or queen, using the paper crown which is usually included with your purchase of the galette.
|C'est moi, one of the royals for the evening|
The Epiphany is above all, a great excuse to get together and enjoy a scrumptious dessert and with family and friends.
|Searching for the feve|
Happy New Year! Bonne Année!