At Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company you can get healthy
loaves made from locally grown organic grains milled on the premises,
not to mention some pretty delectable whole wheat cinnamon buns.
But this month, the Forks branch of the bakery is also offering a delicious French treat called Galette des Rois
(king's cake). So why would this not particularly French bakery
that just screams "local" prepare a sweet treat from all the way across
the pond? It's because of Loïc Perrot. He is a fifth generation baker
from Brittany in the north west corner of France who has been plying his
trade at Tall Grass Prairie's Forks location for the past seven years.
Loïc Perrot bakes Galette des Rois at Tall Grass Prairie at The Forks (Andrea Ratuski/CBC)
The Galette des Rois
is steeped in tradition. "It's something we do every year traditionally
for Epiphany ," Perrot says, "and it's a tradition that
lasts for the whole month of January." Epiphany takes place on January 6, the day the Three Kings are said to have given their gifts to Jesus.
Perrot explains that it's like a social occasion where friends come together and share the cake. "The trick is that there is a figurine hidden inside the cake. And the person who gets that figurine becomes the king or the queen for the day. It is a fun event. The kids just love it.
"It's a tradition that comes from the middle ages and has been going on for centuries in France. That's why I wanted to introduce it here."
The base and top of the galette
are made of puff pastry. "So it's
supposed to be a very flaky, buttery dough, The inside is usually an
almond cream, so again, very buttery, very creamy," Perrot laughs.
If you find the hidden treasure in the cake you will be king for the day (Andrea Ratuski/CBC)
The figurines are generally made of porcelain, and people like to collect them. But Perrot has opted to return to the galette
's humble roots and hides a fève
, or dried fava bean, inside. And somehow that seems to be in keeping with the rustic philosophy of Tall Grass Prairie, doesn't it?