Why a PAUL Galette des Rois is a True Epiphany Treat

December 22, 2023

Galette des Rois

You might know it better as a King Cake, but at PAUL, we use the traditional French name: Galette des Rois. Associated with Epiphany or Twelfth Night, this decadent French dessert dates back seven centuries – although ours are baked fresh daily!

Galette des Rois is a deliciously sweet French pastry easily spotted by its golden paper crown. Traditionally, this dessert features buttery puff pastry filled with rich almond cream, but apple and brioche variations are also popular. The specific variety of Galette des Rois you bite into depends on where you call home: each region of France has its own unique recipe!

Let’s Come Together Over a Galette des Rois

In the US, King Cake is associated with the colorful Mardi Gras event – and is brightly decorated to match. In France, the slightly more restrained Galette des Rois is enjoyed on January 6th in celebration of the Epiphany, said to mark the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem. Families come together on or around this date to share their galette, into which is baked a small ceramic baby charm (the “fève”). Whoever finds the charm in their slice of cake is deemed King or Queen for the day – thus the name of the cake and the paper crown that famously adorns this popular confection. The charms are popular collector items, so if you find one, hold on to it!

Enjoy a PAUL Galette des Rois this January 6th

PAUL is delighted to offer two traditional galette varieties for the upcoming Epiphany holiday, available in individual portions or servings for 4 or 8. They are:

  • Apple Galette: a rustic galette made from gently stewed apples baked into a golden puff pastry crust.
  • Frangipane Galette: a decadent galette with a creamy almond paste filling wrapped in a golden puff pastry crust.

If you’re after a decadent dessert to celebrate this upcoming Epiphany or simply want to experience a “galette moment,” place your order today. Each galette is lovingly made and beautifully packaged, making it ideal as a gift or a ready-to-serve dessert for friends and loved ones. We also offer a variety of collectible charms to include with your cake – so that you can enjoy the opportunity to become King or Queen for the day!