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Culture & Tradition
Each year, on the 12th Day of Christmas – 6th January, the whole of France goes gaga for a cake called Galette des Rois. It’s a tradition which celebrates the Epiphany and it refers to the three kings who followed the star to Bethlehem. The golden flaky pastry cake is filled with almond paste and topped with a gold crown. Inside a lucky charm known as the fève is hidden. Whoever finds it is crowned king for a day. Often, the youngest person at the meal sits under the table and calls out the names of those seated and slices of cake are served accordingly. That way whoever gets the ‘fève’ is completely randomly chosen!
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- 75g butter (softened) (1/3 cup, 2.5 oz)
- 2 eggs (medium)
- 75g caster sugar (1/3 cup, 2.5 oz)
- 1 tablespoon plain flour 75g ground almonds (1/3 cup, 2.5 oz)
- 2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
- Almond extract/essence (optional)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 fève – or lucky charm, or use a small piece of chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4/350°F and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
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Une petite chanson!
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