Happy New Year!
Here in Switzerland, the holiday season doesn’t end when you ring in the new year. You get to celebrate DreiKönigstag, or three kings’ day, on January 6. The day marks the Christian acknowledgement of Epiphany, the manifestation of God in human form — the day it’s said that the Wise Men, or Kings, or Magi, visited the baby Jesus.
In honor of the Magi, the Swiss bake a delicious cake, Dreikönigskuchen, that looks like this one on kitchenfriends.ch Web site.
We shared our cake with another Swiss/American couple whose son was born in the same hospital one day after Sophie.
Each person tears a piece of the sweet bread, similar to a raisin loaf, and cautiously bites in. Because hidden somewhere in the cake is a tiny statue of a king. Whoever finds the statue is crowned (yes, the cakes usually come with a gold paper crown) king for the day.
And yours truly found the king … after having two pieces! I made Dom rub my shoulders at the end of the day. He does this all the time anyway, but still.
So with the holidays all wrapped up, I hope everyone had some good celebrations, great food and time with friends and family.