Although the Epiphany is a religious holiday, here in France it is traditionally celebrated by eating the Galette des Rois or Kings’ Cake. Here in Paris, the galette des rois is made of layers of puff pastry filled with crème d’amandesor almond cream, then glazed and sometimes decorated with extra bits of pastry. It is such a popular tradition that Parisian bakeries sell these delicious pastries for the entire month of January and some times even until February or March!
To ensure a random distribution of the pieces of cake, it is traditionally the youngest person who places themselves under the table and names the recipient of the piece which is indicated by the person in charge of slicing.
A figurine, la fève, which is usually a baby, is hidden inside the cake and the person who finds the trinket in their piece is crowned king for the day!
This is a perfect occasion to host a gathering or friends and family. If you can't find a galette des rois at your local bakery, you can always bake your own! You can find a recipe here.