January 3, 2010

My FIRST galette des rois!!!


My VERY FIRST time making the traditional "Galette des rois" for Épiphanie, which falls on
Jan 6... 12 days after Christmas. It's a tradition here in France to eat a galette and inside there
is a favor, or féve, and for whoever finds it in their piece, they become the "king" or "queen" for
the day! I was here in 1990, and celebrated this for the first time with friends.
I am adopting French traditions and incorporating them into my life here in France! I think it's
great to be an immigrant and assimilate into my new culture!

Inside is a frangipane filling with chocolate au praline and pears!

Here's the link to the recipe if anyone is interested... HERE... It's VERY simple to make!



BON APPETIT!!!

12 comments:

Vagabonde said...

Leesa my mouth can taste your galette just by looking at it. I have not had one in a long time. Do you know that the fève in the galette becomes collector’s item? My cousin has a bunch of them – the fève in the galettes you buy commercially. I looked at the recipe – strange that they put chocolate in it as I have never tasted it in a galette. Do you have a king and queen crown? You know the person who finds the fève in their piece of galette then place it in the glass of a man of their choice (if they are a woman) or a woman (if they are a man) and both are king and queen for the day. Bonne dégustation.

Nadege said...

I can't believe you made one. I love "galettes des rois". Trader Joe's sells Phitiviers. No "feve" in theirs.

Linda said...

Gosh, that looks good. I had no idea that it was easy to make. I will give it a try. Happy New Year!

Leesa said...

Hi Vagabonde,

Haha! That's funny... Well, next time you're hear for the New Year's I'll make you one, how's that!!
I do know the the favors inside are collector's objects... We have seen réportages on tv with about the many different styles and people who save their and have big collections... It's cool! I save mine, of course. I bought the fèves for the galette at the bakery in town and asked for a crown... which the lady gave me as a gift... awwwww. how nice...I didn't know that about placing the feve in the glass of someone... I just thought the person who gets it names their "king" or "queen." Thanks for sharing the info...
Also, the flavor I made is a variation of the original one.. a more creative touch, I'd say... I'm not a big fan of the traditional filling so I wanted to do something different... The original filling of almonds that is plain has a greasy taste to me... the butter, I imagine... Last year I bought pear and choc. but it was with little choc. morsels... not choc. filling... Super easy to make, by the way...
I hope it tastes as good.. I'll let you all know!

Hi Nadege...

So then, did you get one at Trader Joes? I wonder how it tastes compared to the ones here.. What?!! No fève?!!! Mon dieu!!! What are they thinking... choking hazard, law suits? Oh my!!! Oh that's a shame there is no feve inside... Kind of takes away the meaning... Oh well.. Let me know how it tastes if you get one....

HI Linda,

Yes... So easy!! Much easier than making cake or cookies... but, honestly, I was nervous about it! Came out fine!

Anonymous said...

Leesa,
I have started reading your blog and I love it. You have such a wonderful attitude. I think that your efforts to participate in French culture has made your experiences there so much more positive. I have read other blogs where expats only complain about France and the French ways. They often reveal that they do not make friends with the French and do not make an effort to participate the way you do. You are a great example for others! Thanks for the inspiring blog!!!

Reader from U.S.

Nadege said...

Trader Joe's started selling the Phitiviers around October (in the frozen deserts section), so it is not a real "galette des rois". I did try it and it was good though the fresh ones are better. Bonne Saint Epiphanie!

Notes from Noël said...

You can make anything!! Looks wonderful!

Leesa said...

Hi Noel -


I CAN!!! I think I can, at least! Nothing is too tough to tackle... except macarons, that is... : )


Hi Nadege-- HOLY MOLY!!! I can't believe they're FROZEN! Who'd think? I can't imagine eating a frozen one... I think that crust would be to tasty when frozen and the thawed...

Anonymous,

Thanks so much for reading my blog and for leaving such a wonderful compliment! I have always felt that I could adapt to any place I lived in... (except L.A., of course-- hehehe).. but I feel it's really important to have friends!!
I talk to EVERYONE.. and so I really "make friends" or acquaintances wherever I roam... I think it's part of my So. Cal sunny personality, too... but it also helped me adapt, in ways of breaking any "stereotypical" social barriers...
Anyhow.. Keep reading.. more good stuff to come, I can assure you.. More travels and more baking!
Take care and stop back again!
Leesa

garcal said...

Elle est trooooooooooop bonne
Miam miam

le banc moussu said...

yuummm! Your galette looks gorgeous. I'm used to cook them every year cause I think they're much better.
Bravo si tu n'as pas eu la fêve tu es au moins la reine en cuisine.
Christian

Leesa said...

Bonjour Christian...

Merci pour tes compliments! En fait, j'ai mis 2 fèves dans ma galette des rois... Et.... je suis LA REINE en cuisine... et dans la cuisine, aussi!!!!

Leesa said...

Thanks Honey!!!