In the Christian faith, January 6 marks the Epiphany, or the day that the Wisemen came bearing gifts to the newborn Jesus. In celebration of this belief, Christians all over the world celebrate the Epiphany in different ways.
In France, the Epiphany, also known as the La Fête des Rois (Three Kings Day), is celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas. On La Fête des Rois and throughout January, the French celebrate this special occasion by making a Galette de Rois or a King Cake. Just before serving, a small figurine is hidden in each cake. According to tradition, the person who is served the piece containing the figure is crowned king for the day.
Although there are many types of galette throughout France, the most common is the Parisian version — a puff pastry tart filled with almond paste and pastry cream. Others, particularly in the south of France, are made with brioche pastry dough, shaped in a ring like a crown and covered with candied fruit.
Ciao and Bon Appétit!