Saturday, January 16, 2010

Epiphany Pie or Galette des Rois

Epiphany Pie began as a religious tradition, celebrating the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus, but has become a French cultural tradition.  It involves a flaky pastry pie filled with frangipane, a mixture of almond cream and pastry cream.

Hidden in the pie is a feve - originally a fava  bean, but now a small porcelain figure.  Traditionally the mother cuts and distributes the pie following instructions from the youngest family member who sits under the table.  The person who gets the feve is the king (or queen) for the day, gets to wear the paper crown that comes with the pie, and gets to choose who will be the corresponding queen (or king).

The French Institute of Michigan, where I take French classes, had a Galette des Rois event today and, as you can see from the photo above, I was lucky enough to find a feve.  For more information, click here.

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