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Galette time is back

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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I don't know about your country, but here in France, January 6th means it's time for "la Galette des Rois". Any opportunity to share this delicious galette with family or friends is a an opportunity to put on weight. This year, I'm particularly blessed:

 

. we had a guest last Sunday, and had galette for desert.

. this afternoon, I'm having galette with my neighbours.

. this evening, I'm having galette with an association.

. next Tuesday, I'm having galette with another association.

Galette is full of butter, I'm starting to get seriously worried about these conventional extra grams. Anyone here facing the same kind of delicious torture?

Galette-des-Rois.jpg

 

 

 

 

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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January 6th? I thought It was the whole month. I'm doing la galette whenever I can during January.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Luce, the solution is easy. Walk to where you are feasting on the next galette.  You can eat all you want this way.   -Smiley Happy

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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We don't do  gallette, per se (except for one magnificent bakery in New Orleans) but we do have King Cake from January 6 until Ash Wednesday.  There is a small plastic king hidden in the king cake (which is brioche with or without filling and Mardi Gras colored frosting).  Whoever gets the king is supposed to buy the next King Cake.  It can get out of control in some office and some firms limit King Cakes to Fridays only.King cake.jpg

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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Mary, the colored frosting looks deadful! What on earth is it made of? How about the decorations, what are they?

 

Guess what, in Toulouse (South of France), where my son lives, they have a similar way of deciding who is to buy the next galette. The galette comes with a "fève". Well, my son found out the hard way that if you bring a galette to your office, you'll end up eating galette day after day as whoever gets the fève has to buy a galette. The rule of Fridays only doesn't seem to exist. My son told me that in his company one group had galette every work day for a whole month.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Luce - The frosting is pretty awful - just sugar.  I prefer King Cakes with just sugar sprinkles.  The "decorations" are Mardi Gras beads which are thrown from the floats at all the many MG parades.  Not edible.  The dough is a slightly sweet brioche.  In recent years, they have begun braiding the dough with various fillings - raspberry, cream cheese, even chocolate.  My favorite is just cinnamon.

 

And Mardi Gras isn't until early March this year so there are weeks of calories to look forward to.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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@Mary W wrote:

Luce - The frosting is pretty awful - just sugar.  I prefer King Cakes with just sugar sprinkles.  The "decorations" are Mardi Gras beads which are thrown from the floats at all the many MG parades.  Not edible.  The dough is a slightly sweet brioche.  In recent years, they have begun braiding the dough with various fillings - raspberry, cream cheese, even chocolate.  My favorite is just cinnamon.

 

And Mardi Gras isn't until early March this year so there are weeks of calories to look forward to.


Mary, thanks for this mine of information! I guess your cake is the descendant of the version of the Galette des Rois you have in the South of France. I've never seen it, but from what my son has told me, it must be like that:

 

CouronneRois.jpg 

 

There are fancier versions too, like this one:

 

Gâteau-des-rois.jpg 

 

Anyway, they all have in common that they must make you gain weigh!

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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I had one at a dinner party the other night (not the 6th) which had a very undelicious filling and to add insult to injury no king, but a (bad - very bad) replica of Johnny Halliday...

 

ETA: Oops - I meant a piece, and I didn't go back for seconds.  

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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@Nichola L wrote:

I had one at a dinner party the other night (not the 6th) which had a very undelicious filling and to add insult to injury no king, but a (bad - very bad) replica of Johnny Halliday...

 

ETA: Oops - I meant a piece, and I didn't go back for seconds.  


Never heard of a Johnny Halliday fève before. That must have been a terrible shock!

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Goodness, gracious! If this is going to go on until Mardi Gras, I'm gonna have to find a drool shield for my keyboard. (I've instituted my annual post-holiday embargo on sweets in the house--no choice, since I have the impulse control of a 2-year old--so this thread is especially torturous!)

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