Sunday, 3 January 2016
Last year at our village wassail a lovely Frenchman who lives in the village baked a load of these amazing delicious tarts called galette des rois. Inside each of the tarts was a little ceramic bead and whoever found a bead in their slice is then king or queen for the day and gets to wear a crown!
The tarts are traditionally baked once-a-year in France on the epiphany (6th January) to celebrate the three kings arrival at Bethlehem to meet the new baby Jesus and its name means 'tart of the king'. It's super easy to make with ready-made puff pastry and a frangipani filling in the middle, I followed Raymond Blanc's recipe.
It's a really charming custom whether based on ancient tradition or as Raymond Blanc OBE says "probably organized by an opportunistic pâtissier who saw the opportunity of a huge market!" It is certainly a tradition that we're borrowing in this house as they are delicious, and who doesn't want to be a king for the day?