Tonight is the Twelfth Night, also known as "day of the Kings (Magi)" in France.
It's a family day where we eat a cake inside of which a lucky charm has been hidden. The person who finds the charm in his or her piece of cake is crowned king or queen for the day.
In Paris, the cake is called Gallette. It's made of pastry and almond dough.
In the south of France, though, it's traditional to eat a brioche in the shape of a crown.
Sometimes with glacé fruits on top of it (my Mom's favourite).
This year I tried to bake my own brioche. I found a recipe in a magazine with the glacé fruits inside.
Je vous passe les informations sur la galette dont vous n'avez pas besoin si vous êtes Français et je vous propose ma toute première brioche... Elle est un peu bancale, mais compte tenu du mini four avec lequel je travaille, je la trouve superbe!
It's not really even... But if you remember that I have a very tiny cheap oven, I believe it's perfect.
You may notice that the glacé cherries are very dark and the glacé orange pieces very light. That's because I use oragnic ones without artificial colouring.
Ne vous étonnez pas de la couleur foncée des cerises confites ou au contraire de la couleur palotte des oranges et citrons confits. J'utilise des fruits sans colorants artificiels... Et au naturel, cela donne donc ça!
It was delicous and I'll keep the recipe for next year... I'll just make some improvement from experience!
I would show you the lucky charm if I could, but it hasn't been discovered yet!
If you noticed some white fabric on a chair in my first picture... It's supposed to be turned into kitchen curtains some day...
Magali, from The Little White House xxx
PPS: 1) All pictures were found on Google and taken from websites, rather than personal blogs. The last three are mine, taken with the dreadful light we've had seen 2013 began!
2) I'm bringing my brioche to the following parties: