Celebrate Epiphany with a galette des rois
PUBLISHED: 17:53 04 January 2021 | UPDATED: 18:03 04 January 2021
Enjoy the traditional French treat wherever you are this year – whether you want to order in or have a go at making your own
The Galette des Rois is traditionally eaten in France on 6th January to mark Epiphany, and has been since the 14th century. The puff pastry and frangipane creation appears in pâtisserie windows across the country to mark the feast of Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, when the Magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. A tiny charm is traditionally hidden inside and the person lucky enough to find it in their slice will be crowned king or queen for the day.
In London, Le Deli Robuchon’s celebratory creation will be available to buy from its Picadilly location for takeaway until the end of January. Created by the La Boulangerie Robuchon’s head baker, José Martin, it serves six and is made of flaky puff pastry layers complete with frangipane filling and fève, the traditional charm hidden inside for one lucky person to find. Le Deli Robuchon’s Galette des Rois is priced at £29 and must be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance.
Meanwhile in Paris, bakery Poilâne is celebrating Epiphany with a new addition to its Galettes collection. The Poilâne crown, a brioche filled with a cream flavoured with Citrus Volkameriana, sprinkled with candied oranges and topped with royal icing, will be available for home delivery and serves 6-8 people. It joins the traditional signature puff pastry galette and the Galette Poilâne, made with hazelnuts and chocolate. Each year the bakery also reveals a unique collection of buttons created especially for the occasion. The galettes are available until 31st January. Prices and further details can be found on the website.
For those who don’t live in London or Paris, Miel bakery ships to locations across the UK and offers two size options – a galette for two is £9 and a larger galette that serves 5-6 is £27. Limited batches will be made starting on 5th January and will be available throughout the month.
Or perhaps you’re keen to try making your own Galette des Rois? If so, you’ll find a great recipe here. There are currently over 250,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag #galettedesrois, so why not take a picture of yours?
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