It appears that cake is a draw. All the way back to the 14th century, galette des rois was made to “draw the kings” or the three Magi to the baby Jesus, an event considered one aspect of the Epiphany, and marking the end of Christmastide and the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Parisians traditionally serve a puff pastry filled with frangipane inside of which is a “lucky charm.” Originally this trinket was a bean (a sign of fertility), but has been replaced by a plastic or porcelain bauble, often an image of baby Jesus, though it might be a horseshoe to bring luck. Whoever finds the charm is King or Queen for the day.
The galette is cut into as many slices as people present plus one; this last piece is called “part du pauvre” (poor man’s slice) or “part du Bon Dieu” (God’s slice) and is offered to the first person who stops by for a visit. (Anglophone and NTU French Society)
This year, Alliance Française de Pasadena will hold its first Galette des Rois contest on January 5th and guests will be the jury. So bring your taste buds, sample different galettes, and be ready to judge presentation, originality, texture, and, of course, le goût!
Galette des Rois
Sunday, Jan. 5th, 4 p.m.
Alliance Française de Pasadena, 34 E. Union St., Pasadena 91103
Cost: members, $10; non-members, $15
Space is limited, reservations required – email firstname.lastname@example.org
AFdePasadena.org or call 626.683.3774
Le goût = the taste