Monday, January 6, 2020

Galette des Rois

Happy Epiphany! It is never too late to celebrate. January is Epiphany Month! From Chocolate and Zucchini:
If you’ve ever been in France during the month of January, surely you’ve noticed the blossoming of galettes des rois in the window of every bakery and pastry shop. A puff pastry pie garnished with a buttery filling, it is the traditional confection with which the Epiphany is celebrated*; I have written in more detail about this tradition in this post, so I invite you to go and read that first. I’ll wait right here.

La galette, and the fun ritual that determines who will be king or queen for the day (allow me to insist you read this post if you don’t yet know about the fève thing), bring back many a happy childhood memory for me. Aside from the two years I spent in California, I have partaken of at least one galette a year for as long as I can remember.

I used to buy them from the pastry shop, like most French people do, but I started making my own a few years ago. My deep attachment to this confection should have compelled me to do so years earlier, but the Epiphany is theoretically celebrated on January 6 — though this is extended to the whole month of January nowadays — and I always felt a bit too tuckered out after the holidays to tackle the project. But that inaugural year was different. We were celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary one Saturday, my sister, brother-in-law and nephew were visiting from London for the occasion, and my mother had asked if I could bring the dessert for our celebratory lunch. It seemed the perfect opportunity to share a galette with my family, and I had just enough time to make it myself.

My initial intention was to make my own puff pastry, using this easy puff pastry formula, but I didn’t quite have it in me so I decided to use store-bought puff pastry. Not just any store-bought puff pastry, mind you, but Madame François’ puff pastry, which is produced in Sologne with butter from the Charentes, farine de gruau (fine wheat flour) and zero additives. I got it from G. Detou, where it is sold in slabs of 3 kilos, ready to be divided, shared and/or frozen; it can also be ordered on their website**. (Read more.)


love the girls said...

I've never heard of Epiphany month before, but we can also celebrate Christmas for a few more days depending on which tradition you follow.

And being American Catholics cast adrift to do as each one pleases, why not?

Those who follow the Christmas octaves are out of luck, as are those who celebrate American Christmas during Advent.

But in our home we have still have a bit of time left with Christmas Tide lasting twelve days and ending at the former Feast of the Circumcision.

While for others the celebration is until Candle Mass

Or just go Eastern Rite and do Christmas twice, as the Easterners in turn celebrate both.

Anonymous said...

King Cake!!! Makes the perfect birthday cake.... :-D

Happy Mardi Gras season!
Love and prayers,

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

It's "Dia de reis" in Brazil-- Kings' Day!

elena maria vidal said...

Happy Birthday, Gette!

elena maria vidal said...

Lovely, Ana! Happy Feast!

May said...

That looks delicious! Happy feast day everyone!

tubbs said...

I cheated and used a Pepperidge Farm shell.
Then my mother reminded me of how her mother-in-law (my German grandmother) whould take a ball of dough the size of her fist, and work it out by hand into something over a square yard (for strudel)
the pity - lost arts!