Our Fresh Galette des rois
In the beginning of each year, we prepare the famous Galette des rois in Sydney, made at its finest, with the freshest ingredients.
Call us on 02 8021 0512 to book yours!
You have 2 options:
- Book your galette (6 to 8 pers) for $44.9 and collect it in our central kitchen on 199 Clarence street with 24h notice.
- We can also deliver it to your office in the Sydney CBD for $10 fee.
Why not offering a galette des rois to your clients? Family and friends? We can add a Greeting card with the galette des rois on your behalf!
The Galette des rois is a cake that the French are used to eat to celebrate the Epiphany. You can find it in all French bakeries during the month of January. This cake is made of puff pastry filled with frangipane (a mix of almonds, eggs, butter etc). The Galette des Rois is made to draw the king. The baker hides a little figurine inside the cake. The one who finds it becomes the king for one day. Obviously, the king of the day has to wear a paper crown, which is provided with the cake. The Epiphany takes place on the 6th January (12 days after Christmas day).
History of the Galette des rois
The origin of the Galette des Rois tradition comes from the Saturnalia (an ancient Roman festival) around 200 BC. At that time, the Romans used to “draw the King” among their slaves each year (around the beginning of January). The slave who had become the king of the day was allowed to ask anything during that day. This tradition permitted to warm up the relationship between slaves and their master.
The tradition changed with time. The Galette des Rois was still in fashion during Louis XIV reign in the 17th Century. Plus, he allowed the King of the day to decide who would be the ministers and the ambassadors for that day. When the French revolution occurred, the name of Galette des Rois was temporary replaced by Galette de l’Egalite (Equality cake) for a few years.
The Galette des Rois passed down generations and is now eaten in many other countries as Kings cake (in United States), La Rosca (in Mexico) or Vassilopita (in Greece).
Le gâteau des Rois, by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1774 (Musée Fabre)
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