This Saturday, 6 January will be Epiphany, also the 12th day of Christmas when the three Kings are said to have brought gifts for Baby Jesus. While no longer a particularly religious holiday in France, the occasion is still celebrated with the galette des rois, a cake which can only be found during the month of January.
The cake itself is filled with frangipane, an almond paste like mixture. It has also traditionally contained a “féve”, which is a porcelain charm hidden inside the cake.
There is a tradition to the cake, whereby the youngest person hides under the table and tells whoever is cutting the cake who should get which piece. The person who receives the féve in their slice then gets to wear the crown and is King or Queen and names their partner for the day.
Did you know that the tradition of the galette des rois dates back to the 14th Century?!
Mulot, Hyde Park from $22 to $40 depending on the size – it comes in 6 different sizes. Order one day in advance.
La Madeleine, Norwood is doing the galette des rois but we were unable to confirm pricing at the time of publication.
Chouquette, New Farm, from 17 January for 3 weeks, individual size $8, $27 for 4 people, $38 for 8 people. Available each day during that period but best to pre-order to ensure availability on the day.
Breizh Cafe, Ainslie, $36 for 6 people or $48 for 8. Order 24 hours before.
Choukette Fine Pastries, Brunswick $24 for 4-5 people, $30 for 6-7 people, $34 for 8-9 people. Orders via telephone on (03)93808680 or in person at the store. Available for the whole month of January.
Laurent Patisserie, $39, order in advance.
Noisette, Port Melbourne $35 , order in advance.
Q le Baker, Prahran market . Available in the traditional almond or chocolate. $20 for 4 people or $40 for 8. Pre-orders can be sent via email to [email protected] or by phone on (03) 9973 3069. Available this weekend (6 and 7 January ) and next weekend (13 and 14 January).
Quentin Berthonneau, the baker explains that what makes his Galette des Rois different from other bakers’ is his choice of ingredients, heritage organic flour is used in the pastry, crushed almonds, rum and rye flour used for the filling for authenticity of taste, along with local Victorian butter and free-range eggs from the local market.
Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie, Subiaco and West Leederville, $6.50 for the small one, $21.70 for the medium and $34 for the large. Available throughout January. Orders by telephone or via their website.
Fantaizicake, Perth $35 for 8 people. Pre-order by telephone or Facebook message. Available for the entire month of January.
La Galette de France, Nedlands, $25 to serve 4 to 6 people or $35 to serve 6 to 8. Order by Friday at the latest.
Maison St Honoré, Caversham, $38 for Sunday 7 January with advance orders required.
La Boulangerie Maroubra, Maroubra – individual $6.50, $30 for 4 to 6 people, $40 for 6 to 8 people – in store and also by pre-order
Lavie & Belle, Surry Hills, $38 for a galette for 6 to 8 people – order 48 heures before.
La Renaissance, The Rocks and Waterloo – possibility to order online also available. $30 for 4 to 6 people or $40 for 6 to 8 people. Only available on 6 January with advanced orders required.
We were unable to find any pâtisseries that are making the Galette des Rois in Brisbane. Do you know of any in Brisbane or any others not mentioned around Australia who make the Galette des Rois? Will you be celebrating with the Galette des Rois?