What is a Galette Des Rois and where to get it in NYC?

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Celebrating Christmas until The Feast of the Epiphany

When my wife and I had our daughter, we didn’t want her to feel that melancholy many children, including our childhood selves, have after Christmas Day has passed. As a child, raised by a Catholic family, we always celebrated the Christmas holidays until what is liturgically called, The Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) also known as Three Kings Day and is considered the 12th Day of Christmas; the final day of the season. So since our daughter was old enough to understand, we made sure to extend the season and continue seasonal festivities until that date.What is a #GaletteDesRois and where to get it in #NYC? via @dishourtown

We leave the tree up until January 6th

Though the Christmas tree usually is well passed looking its best, and knowing that it will leave many pine needles that will probably stay around the apartment until the following holiday, we continue to keep it up. This, of course, is much to the dismay of our super, who will need to sweep the hallways after I pass with a very dry tree; which in turn gives me more reason to give him a good tip the following year.What is a #GaletteDesRois and where to get it in #NYC? via @dishourtown

In Europe, they continue to celebrate until January 6

The Christmas music is no longer heard ubiquitously, decorations are taken down from storefronts, and many on their way to abstaining from all good things that make up for a Holiday Season, such as imbibing daily and feasting like a king, as part of a new found resolution. We, however, carry on. This is not unique to us, as in many European countries, they too continue to celebrate until this day.

Many enjoy a Galette Des Rois – The King’s Cake

In many French-speaking cultures, there is the ceremony of the “Galette des Rois” (The Kings Cake). Marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. The cake is composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève (bean), hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs, and sugar. We follow this tradition and it always brings great joy to our daughter. The “feve” these days is usually not a bean but a little prize, usually in the form of a small ceramic figure.What is a #GaletteDesRois and where to get it in #NYC? via @dishourtown

A surprise inside the French King’s Cake

We’ve collected many of these prizes throughout the years, and have, in the early days, made sure that the slice my daughter was served is the one in which the prize was hidden. It’s a quaint celebration by which we all sit around the table wearing paper crowns, listen to Nat King Cole one more time, and end the Holiday Season as it begins; with laughter and eating the most delectables treats.

Want to make a Galette Des Rois?

I have never made a galette des Rois myself. However, if you wanted to give it a try, I’m sure you can find it in one of the Martha Stewart Christmas cookbooks.

You can also find the pastry in most French-based bakeries between January 6th and Carnivale (AKA, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesdays).

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See the mini galettes on the top shelf of Woerle in Strasbourg?

Where to have Galette Des Rois in New York City:

There are many excellent patisseries in the city that make excellent galettes, such as Balthazar, Laduree, and Maison Kayser. Our choice for the best in town is a small cafe named, Ceci Cela. Their galette always seems to have the best “feve” (prize), crowns, and most importantly, the flakiest pastry and traditional frangipane. Bring it home, invite friends and family, make some coffee and serve a bit of brandy, and you’ll all find yourselves wearing paper crowns hoping to be served the slice that has the prize and be king or the queen for the day.

What is a #GaletteDesRois and where to get it in #NYC? via @dishourtown

At Woerle in Strasbourg, France.

Where to have Galette Des Rois in the world: 

In the bleak midwinter, there are few places that are as beautiful as Strasbourg, France. The place seems to be perpetually in the Holiday spirit. There are swans at the bridge leading to Petite France which look straight out of a Tchaikovsky ballet and family-run establishments that look as if they were molded straight from a miniature German Christmas Village. The place to purchase your galette is a boulangerie and patisserie named, Woerle, which have been baking delectables since 1919. In this establishment, you will find galettes of all sizes. My daughter prefers the single portion, which assures her the prize.

How to get to Strasbourg from Belgium

We traveled to Strasbourg from Belgium. By car is an excellent way, to not only see the countryside but also get a better feel as to the culture behind certain destinations. For example, why a place like Strasbourg has a more Germanic sensibility rather than that of Gallic. If this is something you’d like to possibly consider, look no further than renting your car through our partner company named, Auto Europe. We have used them many times and were always pleased by how they facilitated the rental process.

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If a trip to Strasbourg is a far-off dream, then travel there through tasting this delightful treat. Lastly, and most importantly, it makes for a great tradition. Why not extend the most wonderful time of year?

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0 Replies to “What is a Galette Des Rois and where to get it in NYC?”

  1. In Northern European and most English-speaking cultures, Christmas, December 25, is the key date for celebration of the Nativity. The Western Church had separated the celebration of the Nativity of Christ as the feast of Christmas and set its date as December 25; it reserved January 6 as a commemoration of the manifestation of Christ, especially to the Magi, but also at his baptism and at the wedding feast of Cana.

    1. Thank you for your comment.

  2. We didn’t put up a tree this year because we were gone to Colorado for the holidays, but I just went to Canada and they leave the decorations up throughout January! I just loved that. Also, I’m not big on baking, but I would totally eat all of those galettes if they fell into my lap 😉

    1. Kristin:

      Colorado must have been beautiful with all the natural trees surrounding you. Canada is pretty great as well during Christmas. I bet there were galettes to be found there. I don’t bake as well, but always seem to find it falling on my lap. Have a great New Year.

      Andew

  3. The only King Cake I’ve eaten was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and it looks very different to this, although just as delicious 🙂 Will have to try this next time we’re in Strasbourg 🙂

    1. Laurence:

      We’ll be having another this upcoming Mardi Gras. Yes, the ones made in New Orleans is much more colorful, and I’m sure it’s equally as delicious. Thanks for giving us a read.

      Best,

      Andrew

  4. We had a very small tree we decorated and some lights, but no too many decorations in our apartment this year. But enough to be festive 😉 The galettes look and sound really delicious and it sounds like a wonderful tradition!

    1. Jessica:

      As long as the spirit is there, the size of the tree is irrelevant. Speaking of that, maybe pick yourself up a galette and extend that it a tad next year. Thanks for reading.

      Andrew

  5. Fab tradition guys. I’m sure my kids would be happy about continuing the celebrations up until January 6th, and of course indulging in a slice of Galette Des Rois.

    And don’t tell anyone, but our tree is well and truly still up with no date in sight when it will come down haha.

    1. It’s fine that your tree is still up, it’s fitting with all that snow you guys are getting.

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