Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Partager Couronnes en Fête

Good reason to Eat Cake
Celebrate the season and eat this frangipane-filled, delicious cake!

They are tempting me at every corner.  They come in so many delicious flavors, even chocolate. 
" Try me " they are begging…you won't be sorry , … plus it is a truly valid reason to get together with friends, old and new, and share this tradition, accompanied by  a nice bubbly. And there is the additional  plus of entertainment, Who will be the King, or  Queen ?!
Such excitement to chew each bite carefully ... , until someone cries out triumphantly …"I win, I win!!"  
At last year's traditional party, we had three beautiful young women visiting from Sweden, who ALL became Queens for the evening. (How did that happen?) The men were really enjoying playing the roles of the minions to these new Queens!

In France the tradition of serving the Couronnes en Fête (in the south of France) or Galette du Rois (in the north of France) can be traced back to the 14th century. A small bean, coin or porcelain fève is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favor is then crowned king or queen for the day. Tradition also dictates that the cake be cut into as many slices as there are people present, plus one extra. The extra piece is called either la part du Bon Dieu (God's piece), la part de la Vierge (the Virgin Mary's piece) or la part du pauvre (poor man's piece) and it is given to the first poor person who stops at the home.
Who will become king or queen for the day at your house? Make  sure you have the crown ready for the new member of royalty!
The galette is typically served on January 6, which is Epiphany, or the Feast of the Kings.


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