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Galette des Rois...Epiphany :-)

Hosted by a member of the Hamburg International Cooking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 27 Jan 15:00 - 19:00

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French families will mark the end of the festive season on Sunday by scoffing down a pastry fit for kings. Here down the story of the Galette des Rois - a tart that can make you feel like a king.
As with many festivals in France the French will mark the feast of the Epiphany on Sunday by eating.

Let's cook together 2 "Galettes" with simple receipt ! and enjoying eating after with juices or sparkling white wine like Champagne (up to you to bring in)

Finance participation of each attendee around 6 euros to share cost.

I will send the exact address via mail to all attendees the day before. Please note this is a small event which includes involvement by the attendees to prepare and clean after.

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A bit of history about French galette.... ;-)

So what is a Galette des Rois?
It’s basically a frangipane tart made with pastry, butter, ground almonds and a few extra ingredients that will stretch the already bursting waistline for one final time before the January dieting begins.

Why is it in the news this week?
Because the French love their culinary traditions and none more so than the Galette des Rois, which they scoff down on January normally the 6th each year (but last all January in France) to mark the feast of the Epiphany -- when the three kings (allegedly) turned up to give gifts to Baby Jesus.

The tradition of eating the cake dates back to the 14th century. According to tradition the cake was to draw the kings to the Epiphany.

Interestingly during the French Revolution the name was changed to “Gâteau de l’egalité” because it wasn’t really the done thing to be a king at that time.

But it’s just a cake?
Ah but it isn’t. The Galette des Rois is not just about having a cup of tea and something sweet. There’s an age-old protocol that needs to be followed and it's all to do with the little charm that bakers hide inside the cake.

First of all the youngest child has to hide under the table and tell whoever is cutting the cake who should get which piece.

Whoever finds the charm, known as a “féve”, in their slice (as long as they don’t swallow it) gets to wear the crown that comes with the tart and then names their king or their queen.

And then everyone just sits down and scoffs it. Normally with either cider or champagne.

Is there just one type of Galette?
No. While traditionalists, and there are quite a few of those in France, might insist on the original recipe and shape, French chefs are getting more and more inventive when it comes to these galettes (with chocolate, peers, apples, etc)

Even though no galette is the same in any two pâtisseries, some places have been working extra hard to stand out from the crowd.

In recent years one of the most prestigious pâtisseries in Paris, Fauchon, has created a galette in the shape of a giant pair of lips. Of course they couldn't just stick to the original recipe and they added passion fruit, raspberry and rose petals to the mix.

Its close rival Dalloyau called its own creation the "crystal galette" which comes with a touch of bitter orange and Papua New Guinean vanilla. They've even added crystals to the crown.

And new recipes are being promoted including a galette with chocolate chips and nuts, caramelized apple and dried fruit or even almond, pear and chocolate. Fancy any of those?
And of course we can always rely on Richard Legay, the famous baker from the Marais district of Paris, to come up with his own special take on the galette - see pics below. His boulangerie Legay Choc is of course well known for creating penis shaped patisseries.