Many of us are winding up the Christmas season by packing up the decorations, taking down the lights and disposing of the tree.
However, on the 6th day of January, the Twelfth Day of Christmas (the Epiphany) the day on which the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem and carried gifts to the baby Jesus, it is a French tradition to celebrate this joyous occasion with a very special pastry, la Galette des Rois (The Kings’ Cake).
So why not cook one with the children this weekend and get them to create their own crown to be the king or queen?
What is ‘la Galette des Rois’?
La Galette des Rois is a puff pastry pie filled with frangipane, a very popular French cake that celebrates the day when the Wise Men (Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar) visited Baby Jesus. As part of French tradition, a bean or small china “fève” (favor) is hidden in the cake. Tradition has it that the youngest member of the family goes under the table to distribute the slices to the different people sitting around the table. The person who finds the lucky charm in their slice of galette des rois becomes the king (or queen) of the day.
How to make it
Follow this easy recipe on BBC Good Food http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5078/galette-des-rois
Then create a crown, which is fun and super easy for all ages!
• Cut 24″ (60cm) of card board or metallic corrugated card and cut little triangles out of the top side to make ‘points’.
• Lay flat and decorate with stickers, glitter, gemstones and jewels. Let dry.
• Fit the crown around the child’s head. Hold it in place and staple it…fit for a King/Queen!