During the month of January, the MFL team have been celebrating Epiphany with the French traditional cake “La Galette des Rois” (King’s Cake). This is made with almond paste (frangipane) encased with puff pastry – délicieux!
‘La galette des Rois’ celebrates the Epiphany (when the three kings visited baby Jesus). You can eat the cake a few days before and after the 6th January and it can be found in most bakeries in France during the month of January! According to tradition, the ‘Galette des Rois’ was baked to “draw the kings” to the Epiphany.
A figurine called “la fève”, is hidden in the cake before baking. Originally, “la fève” was a broad bean, but they were replaced in 1870 by a variety of figurines made of porcelain. To make sure that giving out the slices of cake is fair, it is traditional for the youngest person to go under the table and call out in turn who should get each slice.
The person who finds the fève in their slice becomes King or Queen for the day and has the opportunity of bossing the rest of the family about! A couple of paper crowns are included with each cake to crown the “King or Queen” who must then choose their partner to be Queen/King.
In Ms Marc’s year 8 class Kate Jones was the youngest of the class so got to decide who got which slice. Roan Cox got the charm (la fève) and chose Tommy Mitchell as his king.
In Ms Marc’s year 10 class, Ajaya Bhatta went under the table as being the youngest in the group and it was Taylor Williams who found la fève and she chose Juney Spillings to be her queen.
In Ms Noble’s year 9 class, Ehren Lovell had to go under the table, and it was Alisha Gartland who found la fève and she chose Alice Campbell to be her queen.
Ms Marc made a Galette for the MFL teachers too as the French tradition goes and Ms Marc was queen and chose Mr Sewell to be her king.
To celebrate this tradition next year you can find the recipe here – you won’t be disappointed!