Galette des Rois

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On this side of the world we don’t celebrate Christmas and the whole works. Well okay we do, just excuses for excesses – more consumerism, parties and revelry.

I’m so pleased with how the photos turned out because I didn’t retouch any of them and just relied on natural light through the kitchen windows. Shot on my Canon 1200D.

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Revisiting a really old post, and had the most amazing Galettes des Roi from B.A.O, made by pastry chef Christophe Grilo, friend of chef husband and they used to work together at *** Michelin Jardin Des Sens over a decade ago where Grilo was heading up pastry there. With a portfolio of patisserie experience in Michelin restaurants in France – Singapore, here’s where you get amazing bread, pastries and the Galettes, hands down one of the best I’ve had.

So what’s this King Cake? I was trying to explain it to my mother and friends who got to share some of that delicious flakey crush and frangipane filling. We haven’t yet found the “baby Jesus” in the cake, typically it comes with a little charm inside, some galettes put a little baby charm inside, but I’ve also had galettes with smurfs, or other funny little animals.

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The galette des rois, literally translates to King Cake. It is a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6 January. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. Composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève, hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar.

Well, if you haven’t ordered your galette des rois, here’s where to get the best one in Singapore!

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Bakery Artisan Orignal (B.A.O)

37 Mactaggart Rd, Singapore 368083
Tel: +65 6280 0158

 

2 Comments

  1. Oriol Ferrer Mesià
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 21:20:29

    Jjaja we have the same thing in Catalunya. It’s a donut shaped cake, with marzipan inside. It contains a figurine (usually one of the 3 kings) and a big bean, both hidden inside the cake. “El Tortell” (that’s how we call it) comes with a paper-made-crown too. So the tradition is that whoever gets the figurine is nominated the king and has to put the paper crown on, and the unfortunate one who finds (and usually bites) the dry bean has to pay for the cake!

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  2. bilbaobab
    Jan 06, 2017 @ 15:47:43

    same tradition in France actually! It was a camel in this galette this time.

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