It’s the 12th day of Christmas…that means it’s time to enjoy King’s cake or Galette de Roi. So here’s a little Vintage Silver Eye Candy with a Twist.
Are you familiar with King’s cake? The only place I’ve run into it in the US was when we lived in Mobile. New Orleans was a relatively short drive away and we used to enjoy visiting that lovely city.
Both Mobile and New Orleans have a strong tradition of Mardi Gras festivals (although New Orleans is more famous) and King or King’s Cake is a traditional favorite.
I’m more familiar with the French version known as Galette de Roi traditionally eaten on the 12th night or Feast of the Epiphany.
The differences seem to run deeper than language and when you eat it though. The American versions I’ve seen are more like a sweet brioche dough with a filling, whereas the French version is puff pastry filled with an almond paste.
My Muse Requested a King
It’s been a very long time since I made a King’s Cake, but last night as I was pondering what I would write about today my blogging muse whispered in my ear that one would be perfect for an Eye Candy piece.
Then came the difficult decision French or American style. Well, I’m not a fan of puff pastry. It’s terrible stuff to make and millions of crumbs make nice photos tough, but I do like the French style filling. Plus, I had all the ingredients on hand to make a brioche dough. At that point it was shaping up to be a brioche-type filled with French almond filling.
Then my muse whispered in the other ear. “Why not make it with a real twist?”
The lightbulb went on…the French filling is essentially a ground almond paste…very similar to a ground hazelnut paste…do you see where I’m going with this? What did we recently make using ground hazelnuts?
Yes! Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread. At this point I figured in for a penny, in for a pound. So here we have it a very personal twist on the King cake.
It’s only as I write this today and I’m looking at the photo that I realize I really took muse’s desire for a real twist to heart. Instead of the traditional shape, I divided the dough into 3 pieces, rolled them out, covered them in a nice layer of spread rolled them up, then twisted them all together.
Service with a Twist
Even better, what did I choose to use as the serving piece I’d photograph it with?
You guessed it, one of my absolutely favorite pieces, the fish slice in Whiting Manufacturing Company’s…
On to the last piece of business for the week…the holiday cocktail naming contest ends today. The responses were fantastic! It was really difficult to even narrow them down, let along come to a decision.
As you’ll remember the prize for best name is this lovely sterling silver decanter label…appropriately marked Gin.
As there were so many fab entries, on further reflection it seemed unfair that there was only one prize. So in recognition of the two who came so close, I’ve added prizes for the 1st and 2nd runner’s up.
Without further ado…our 2nd runner up is Warren Bobrow with his entry Caravan of Dreams. Have one too many of these and you would indeed enjoy a caravan of dreams. Warren your prize is a $25 gift certificate to spend on any item of your choosing at Silver Magpies.
The 1st runner up is Jane F with Hendrick’s Kiss, a neat twist on the original. Jane your prize is a $50 gift certificate to Silver Magpies.
And the (now) Grand Prize winner is…..
Elizabeth (no last name left) with her entry of A Scotsman in Paris! This was simply so witty and amusing that it pipped the others at the post!!
Congratulations Elizabeth, Jane and Warren, please contact me and I’ll get your prizes to you ASAP!
And thank you to everyone who entered, better luck next time.