|French Galette des Rois|
One thing I'd never miss early January is eating a slice of galette des rois. Or two. Or three! I'm usually torn between my post christmas detox diet and my love for this almond paste filled galette. However, the tradition of eating this desert always end up winning me over.
Because yes, the galette is not just some random pie we eat at this time of the year, there's a story behind it and a way to eat it. So first things first, you need several people to participate to the ritual. Gather your friends & family and slice the galette. You're supposed to cut 11 slices but it's not the end of the world if you cut a few more or a few less. Then, send the youngest person of your group under the table (I am not kidding). That person will need to call out everyone's name, one by one, to determine whose slice is whom. The reason why we do that is because there is a feve (some sort of charm) hidden in one of the slices. And people do tend to get very competitive to get it… So you need an impartial way to distribute the slices. Oh and did i mention you get the wear a crown for the rest of the day if you get the feve. Everyone is also supposed to do whatever you want them to do for that day but usually no one is interested in that bit unless they've won the charm.
Now that I've written it, it does sound completely stupid but I've always found it great fun. I hope I'll never give up that tradition :)
You can find many galette des rois recipes online. I've followed Trish Deseine's one in her book the French Kitchen (gift from my parents to my boyfriend). If you don't have the book, there are plenty of recipes on the internet. They're all made pretty much the same way. And I recommend cider to drink with it!