Happy 2nd Birthday #SundaySupper! The very talented Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake is hosting the party, and the group is coming together to share recipes and favourite moments of #SundaySupper. Inspired by the time of year, I’ve made a gluten-free Epiphany Cake to bring good luck and good fortune for the next years of sharing recipes and gathering families around the supper table.
Two years ago, Isabel from Family Foodie started her quest to bring families around the table for supper on Sundays. Now, it is a global movement, attracting wide media attention. As a blogging story, it is one of stratospheric success. But Isabel hasn’t let it go to her head: she is still absolutely rooted in her primary mission to get families eating together, as well as being a staunch supporter of every single member of the constantly growing group. She is Superwoman!
It’s hard to choose a single best moment of #SundaySupper – it is so much fun every week, and has inspired my cooking and baking, challenging me to invent recipes, try new techniques and then make them family-friendly. But one of my favourite events was the movie-inspired event we had last year. Watching films to find inspiration then letting my imagination run wild in the kitchen was one of the best ways to spend a weekend! It also prompted me to try a bucket-list recipe – French Macarons. That’s what I love about this group – by putting all our heads together, there is a constant stream of creativity going on and so much fun to be had.
My recipe for this week’s celebration is sort of cheating. My experience of Epiphany Cake comes from France, and they are labour-intensive, creations. In the north, a traditional Galette des Rois (Kings’ Cake) is made from puff pastry filled with frangipane, but I have spent much more time in the south, where the Galette, or Couronne, as it is sometimes called, is made from brioche and decorated liberally with glace fruits, a speciality of the region.
But, brioche needs a lot of advance planning to make, takes quite a while and, when I’ve tried to make it gluten-free before, has been a rather disappointing affair. So instead, I took inspiration from the flavours of southern France – oranges and almonds – and made a pudding-like cake, topped with the closest to glace fruits I could find over here: some candied orange peel, glace cherries and -even more cheating- some little jelly sweets. It’s a sugar-fest, but then, this is a party, and you only need a tiny bit of this cake.
It’s a moist, squidgy cake best served with cream or a greek yoghurt as a dessert, with fragrant orange flavour. Just watch out for the bean (or feve) baked into one slice – it’s tradition that whoever gets the bean is the King or Queen for the day!
If you want to enter properly into the tradition, then slice up the cake and send the youngest person in the room under the table. They then announce who gets the first slice, and so it continues until everyone has a slice. I’m not entirely sure why they have to be under the table, but it adds plenty of hilarity to the proceedings!
Happy Birthday #SundaySupper!
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