The King’s Cake

Since January 2017, France-Amérique explores each month the history and the traditions behind a famous French pastry or candy. On the first Sunday of January, France celebrates the Epiphany by sharing a Galette des Rois — a King's Cake.

There are countless stories, legends, mysteries and unexpected anecdotes surrounding this emblematic French cake, an irresistible, sweet delight open to a whole host of interpretations! In central and northern France above the Loire — a formerly royal river whose banks are still home to many remarkable châteaux — the Galette de Rois (King’s Cake) is made with puff pastry and enjoyed plain or filled. In southern France, the Occitan lands, this delicacy takes the form of a brioche couronne known as a “Couronne de Provence”, and is served with or without crystalized fruit, and occasionally pepped up with orange blossom and dried fruit. Traditionally eaten in the middle of winter, this French specialty symbolizes the religious Feast of the Epiphany. This festival commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings — Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar — who came from the East to Bethlehem


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