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January 2017, Galette des Rois rules!

January 2017, Galette des Rois rules!

Christmas and New Year's Day are barely over when displays of rich golden coloured Galette des Rois or King’s Cake can be seen all around the city. The tradition of ‘choosing the king’ takes place on Epiphany January the 6th or on the Sunday after the 1st. The Sezz Paris, a luxury hotel located a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower, is delighted to tell you a little more about this gourmet celebration and offers a tasty recipe to delight you and your guests’ taste buds.


A Galette des Rois with pagan origins


The feast of Epiphany refers to Saturnalia, a Roman holiday that took place at the end of each year and which reversed social ranks to counter the bad days of Saturn. The Romans chose a slave to be King of the day for the festivities. The slave, or King, was then free to satisfy his every desire for the entire day. The King was the recipient of the slice of cake containing the bean. Once the slave became ‘King of Saturnalia’ he was free to give his master orders before either returning to his life of servitude or being executed the following day.

The origins of the galette illustrate the fact that Epiphany is, above all, a pagan festival that is older than Christmas – and far removed from popular Christian myth which mistakenly associates the tasty pastry with the celebration of the Magi.

The biggest Parisian pastry shops celebrate Epiphany, starting with Maison Dalloyau and Pierre Hermé. LaduréeMaison Hédiard and Christophe Roussel have their own versions.


The Sezz suggests you try this recipe; Galette des Rois


Allow 15 minutes of preparation time and 40 minutes for cooking this golden cake for 6 people.

You’ll need 2 rolls of puff pastry, 100 g almond powder, 75 g caster sugar; 1 whole egg and one egg yolk, 50 g soft butter, a few drops bitter almond extract and, of course, a bean.

Step One – Preheat your oven to 210° C (thermostat 7). Roll pastry and line a pie pan remembering to prick it with 1 fork to avoid swelling. Mix all the ingredients (almond powder, sugar, egg, soft butter and bitter almond extract). Once the preparation is evenly combined, spread it on the pastry and insert the bean at a place of your choice. Roll the second pastry and cover the almond paste. Now that the bean is well hidden, it’s time to decorate your galette. Use a palette knife to score fun shapes on the pastry which will look even prettier after cooking. Brush the galette with beaten egg yolk to give it a beautiful, glossy, golden finish. Now it needs to bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Now you just need to share your great achievement to see who will be King. Surprise!


Sezz Paris, a 4 star luxury and design hotel in Paris

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