Celebrate the new decade with a sweet French tradition, "la Galette des Rois".
A robe of pure butter puff pastry surrounding a creamy centre of homemade frangipane, it's the perfect almond-y treat. Simple, elegant, delicious.
But why is it called the King's tart? Well there are many theories out there. Some believe that its name is a reference to the fee payable to your lord during the Middle Age, the fee itself usually paid along with a cake. But the most known origin is the celebration of the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem, the Epiphany. The French have been serving up "Galette des Rois" since the 14th-century. Traditionally, it’s served on January 6th – the Twelfth day of Christmas.
The consumption of la "Galette des Rois" is a ceremony in France. Each tart comes with a lucky charm.
Whoever gets the lucky charm in their slice of Galette is crowned King or Queen and gets to wear the golden paper couronne (crown) that comes with cake.
It is traditional during the slicing of the galette to have the youngest child at the gathering slip underneath the table to call out the name of the person to receive each slice so the server can’t be accused of playing favorites!
In some families, le Roi or la Reine gets to choose a royal counterpart and is tapped to buy the next "Galette des Rois".
As well as the traditional recipe, La Barantine has made an apple version of the tart to offer a fruity alternative, and a good excuse to get a second slice to double your chance of becoming a Royal!
Get in touch to order yours at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in any of our shops to get an entire Galette, or an individual slice to pair with your coffee!