On this day, special cakes, called Gâteau des Rois or King's Cake, were historically baked to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings and have a broad bean or porcelain figurine (often a baby) hidden and baked into them. The one who finds this treasure will be the “King” for the day. Some make two cakes: one larger, King’s Cake, and one smaller, Queen’s cake. This brioche is from southern France, a circular-shaped brioche with candied fruits or colored sugar, called the “Gâteau des Rois or Royaume.” It is Provencal and predates the northern version, which is a flaky puff pastry with a dense center of frangipane.
|slice one, two.... three! A "King" is crowned for the day.|
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