If you missed our article about the history and traditions around the King Cake, catch up here! We give you precious informations about this popular tradition.
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1. La galette des rois
Saint Basil’s Feast Day is observed on January 1, the beginning of the New Year and the Epiphany season known as the Vasilopita Observance. Nonetheless, in popular tradition, vasilopita is associated with a legend of Saint Basil. According to one story, St. Basil called on the citizens of Caesarea to raise a ransom payment to stop the siege of the city. Each member of the city gave whatever they had in gold and jewellery. When the ransom was raised, the enemy was so embarrassed by the act of collective giving that he called off the siege without collecting payment. St. Basil was then tasked with returning the unpaid ransom, but had no way to know which items belonged to which family. So he baked all of the jewellery into loaves of bread and distributed the loaves to the city, and by a miracle each citizen received their exact share, the legend goes.
On New Year’s Day, families cut the vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnigt the sign of cross is etched with a knife across the cake.
3. The Traditional King Cake
King Cake is eaten during Carnival before Fat Tuesday and a baby trinket is putted inside. The most simple cake is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll style dough topped with icing or sugar. They can have additionnal foodstuffs as cream cheese, praline, cinnamon or strawberry. Some bakers sell King cake for another occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day or St Patrick.
4. Bolo Rei
The recipe is from France since 19th century when the National Confederation (Confeitaria Nacional) opened an official bakery in 1829. Therefore the Confeitaria introduced the recipe. The bolo rei is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts, and crystallized fruit. Also included is the characteristic dried fava bean, and tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the bolo rei next year. Take your wallets guys! A small prize (usually a small metal toy) was also included within the cake. The inclusion of the prize has been discontinued since mid-90s, due to potential choking hazards.
5. Rosca de Reyes or Roscon de Reyes
6. Dreikönigskuchen in Switzerland
In India, people don’t eat the traditional king cake but rather pongal, a popular rice dish and the Tamil cuisine of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people. Pongal is made from rice and milk including cardamom, jaggery (unrefined indian sugar), raisins, Green gram (split) and cashew nuts. This special dish is usually prepared in sunlight dedicated to the Sun God, “Surya”. People cook pongal in a clay pot which is decorated with coloured patterns called “kolam”. The rice is served on banana leaves.
8. Pitka or Pita
La galette (filled with coconut or goyava cream or frangipane),is savored during Carnival : from Epiphany to Ash Wednesday (day after Fat Tuesday) and often served with Champagne.
10. Discover the most original king cakes
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