Houstoners know the king cake, the purple-green-yellow New Orleanian brioche that is devoured around Carnival The delicacy has a kind of French cousin: Galette des Rois, a puff pastry dessert filled with frangipane

Galette des Rois is traditionally eaten on Epiphany, Jan 6 to celebrate the day the three kings visited the baby Jesus.In France, the almond biscuits adorn the glass cases of every bakery for the entire month of January, and the French find it in Many opportunities to indulge in the galette throughout the month

Galette des Rois follows a similar custom as the king cake. A “Fève” is hidden in the layers – this means “Fava Bean”, but nowadays French bakers place a small piece of jewelry, often a ceramic figure. Whoever gets the disk with the Fève, is “king” for the day and receives a gold paper crown

Galette des Rois should not be confused with Gâteau des Rois, which is traditional especially in the south of France. In most of the rest of France, galette is the standout dessert

“Gâteau” directly means “cake” (“rois” is “kings”), while “galette” loosely means “cake” or “pancake” depending on the context. The Gâteau des Rois is ring-shaped and based on brioche It is much more similar to the New Orleans-style king cake, and is likely its forerunner. It is also reminiscent of Rosca de Reyes, the version eaten in Spain and Mexico

Here are eight Houston bakeries that sell Galette des Rois for the entire month of January

Flo Paris Bakery: A single galette is $ 7, a two-person galette is $ 15, and one for six to eight people is $ 35. 5407 Morningside, 346-980-6800;


French gourmet bakery: A 10-inch galette costs $ 44.99 In addition to the baby and crown, it contains pearls for a bit of carnival flair 2250 Westheimer, 713-524-3744; fgbakerycom

Bakery on the French Riviera: The Uptown store offers three Galette des Rois sizes.The 8-inch galette costs 25 US dollars, the 10-inch galette 43 US dollars and a custom-sized portion 10 US $ 3,100 Chimney Rock, 713-783-3264;


Julie’s French Pastries: Pastry chef Julie Clemenceau is making three flavors this year – traditional almond, almond apple, and almond pear.The custom galette is $ 6, one for six to eight people is $ 32 and $ 10 to 12 is $ 46 Dollar 14522 Memorial, 281-741-9161;

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Mademoiselle Louise: A small galette (six servings) costs 37 USD and a large (10 servings) 59 USD. The Galette des Rois takes two working days to complete So order in advance 1725 Main, 346-980-8763;

Magnol French Baking: A regular galette costs $ 38 and a small galette is $ 28 both must be ordered 24 hours in advance 1500 N Post Oak, 281-846-6661;


Paris Je T’aime: The pastry shop in West Houston offers three sizes – for six people (35 USD), eight people (45 USD) and 10 people (55 USD) 11660 Westheimer, 281-531-1222;


Phenicia Specialty Foods: Both locations sell a 12-inch galette for $ 25. Calls to pre-order are recommended 12141 Westheimer, 281-558-8225; 1001 Austin (downtown), 832-360-2222;


Emma Balter grew up in Paris, France, where she developed a taste for good food and wine at an early age. She studied English literature at Newcastle University in the USAK and started her journalism as a lifestyle editor for the student newspaper She moved to the US. 2012 and worked for Wine Spectator magazine for six years, first as tasting coordinator, then as editor.She also contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Eater, PureWow, Chowhound and VinePair, among others, and Balter came as a reporter for Preview in March 2020 to the Houston Chronicle for entertainment, food and drink She lives in Montrose with her cat Chenin

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