Here is a forgotten celebration called Twelfth Night on January 6th the Feast of Epiphany or Twelfth Night.
This is the day when three Kings from the East arrived in Bethlehem with their gifts for the Christ Child.
In many European countries, Twelfth Night is observed as a special event for families. The most famous famous Twelfth Night cake comes from France and is known as the galette des rois. This recipe version comes from the cookbook (A Continual Feast by Evenly Birge Vitz)
1 cup finely ground blanched almonds
2 1/2 cups sifted four
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
8 tablespoons butter, cut into little pieces
6 tablespoons ice cold water
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten with a little water
Mix the almonds thoroughly with the flour; mix in the salt and the sugar. Add the egg yolks, the butter, and the water to make a firm dough.
Work this paste gently with your fingertips. Form it into a ball, then let it chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a galette (circle about 3/4 inch thick.) Insert coin or bean into the bottom of the surface of the galette. Cut the edges with a knife or scissors to make the perfect circle with strait sides. With a sharp knife decorate the top with slits. Place the galette on the baking sheet, brush with egg yolk, lightly beaten with a little water. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the galette is golden brown.
recipe by Evelyn Birge Vitz
You don't have to be Catholic or Orthodox to enjoy this tradition.
I did a search on Google and found another version of the cake recipe at this blog below. I also discovered the cake has another name called Kings cake which I have heard of but never tried.
Here is a nice blog with more information about this cake, click here.