J’aime la galette…

January has been a very delicious month…

The reason is that France celebrates the epiphany, aka La Fête des Rois. It really should be celebrated 12 days after Christmas, on January 6th, when the three wise men went to visit the infant Jesus; but in most places in France, it is celebrated the first Sunday after January 1st..  and then as often as you wish for the rest of the month! Indeed, in my opinion, celebrating the epiphany is for most people strictly about eating La Galette des Rois.

For many years in the US, I missed eating the Galette. Little did I know how easy it is to make: just puff pastries filled with frangipane (almond paste made with butter, sugar, and almond powder). Of course, everybody I know have their secret recipe: my brother adds some pralin (almond and hazelnut powder)others adds some amande amère (bitter almond extract)etc. For others, the most important piece of the galette, is the little fève or trinket that is hidden inside: whoever gets the trinket is crowned king or queen! As far as I am concerned, I don’t want to have the trinket in my slice as it forces me to eat carefully for fear of breaking my teeth on it…

This year, I decided to make my first galette… and then my second, and my third… I have to confess that they got better and better and the one I had this past Sunday was probably the best of them all (although I have to give all the credit to my brother-in-law). So yes, I did eat a lot of galettes these past few weeks, but truly just enough to keep me happy until next January.

At the same time, it is time to move on from all that frangipane and start thinking about La Chandeleur!


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