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Galette des Rois: now available on the website!

Did you know that the French classic dessert Galette des Rois has delightful adaptations across the globe? This yummy  treat has transcended cultural boundaries, becoming a culinary sensation embraced by various cultures. In this blog post, I will take you on a culinary journey to explore how different societies have incorporated this French Epiphany tradition.

United Kingdom: Twelfth Night Cake

Also known as "King Cake" or "Queen Cake," traces its roots to the medieval custom of Twelfth Night, marking the peak of the Christmas season on the twelfth night after Christmas Day. One distinctive tradition associated with the Twelfth Night Cake involves baking a small bean or pea inside the cake batter. This practice echoes the French galette des rois, where a fève (a small figurine) is hidden within the layers of almond-filled pastry. The person who discovers the hidden item is traditionally deemed the "king" or "queen" of the night's festivities. Hurray!

Italy: La Befana's Sweet Surprise

The Epiphany is celebrated with a different sweet delight known as "La Befana."La Befana, unlike the galette des rois, is not a cake but rather a character. La Befana is often portrayed as a kindly old woman who delivers sweets and small gifts to children on the night of January 5th.

Spain: Roscón de Reyes - A Ring of Royalty

The Roscón de Reyes is not just a cake; it is a celebration in itself. As families and friends gather on the eve of Epiphany, the anticipation of discovering hidden surprises within the dough elevates the festive atmosphere. Traditionally, two items are concealed within the soft, airy interior - a figurine representing the baby Jesus and a fava bean. The one who uncovers the figurine is hailed as the "king" or "queen" of the celebration, while finding the fava bean may come with a playful challenge or a small responsibility.

Greece: Vasilopita - A New Year's Twist

While not exactly an Epiphany dessert, Greece has its own version called Vasilopita. Vasilopita derives its name from Saint Basil, or Agios Vasilios in Greek. The tradition surrounding this cake traces its roots back to the 4th-century Saint Basil, who was known for his compassion and generosity toward the less fortunate. Legend has it that during a time of famine, the people of Caesarea collected offerings for the needy. To ensure fair distribution, Saint Basil began baking coins into the bread, providing sustenance and blessings to those who discovered them.

Portugal: Bolo Rei's Royal Connection

México: Rosca de Reyes

Louisiana, USA: Mardi Gras Mambo with King Cake

Join me in savoring the sweetness of cultural diversity as you explore our Galette des Rois, now available on Liv’s Baked Goodies website. Let each delicious slice be a reminder that in the world of pastry, there is a place for everyone and tradition.