Orange Coast Magazine

Taste of O.C. | Priscilla Mayfield on food

 

I baked a baby in a cake on Sunday. Moreover, I’m sure I was far from alone in this regard, what with Twelfth Night/Epiphany baby-hiding baked goods like Latin rosca de reyes and Louisiana king cake. Those two are made from brioche-like yeast-raised dough, often with dried-fruit inclusions to accompany the buried baby. I made the French version, galette des rois, using rough puff pastry—the only type of puff to make at home, in my opinion—with an almond paste-kirsch filling. And, that essential baby. (Here’s a similar recipe from the always-reliable Dorie Greenspan.)

The baby I baked was an Acadia Baby, with a lineage that runs straight from Louisiana to Orange County. Artist Lori Galasso (who happens to be my neighbor) is half Cajun—her mother was from the little town of Chauvin, near Houma, Louisiana—and had been chewing on, so to speak, the idea that the usual king cake trinket was way overdue for a makeover. Even at the best bakeries in Louisiana, an inexpensive plastic baby suffices, and home-baked king cakes often use a bean. Fèves, fine-china trinkets in various shapes, are de rigueur in France… why shouldn’t American cakes have an upgraded option?

Galasso designed a plump, white-porcelain putto, which, when not hiding inside a sweet treat, can be threaded with a golden cord to wear as a pendant—perhaps if you really laissez les bon temps rouler during pre-Mardi Gras festivities. (In Louisiana, and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, king cake is served from before Epiphany on Jan. 6, right up through Fat Tuesday—Feb. 12 this year.)

While it seems a bit taking-coals-to-Newcastle, Galasso recently introduced her trinket to some of the biggest Krewe and Mardi Gras suppliers in the New Orleans area. So that Louisiana-to-O.C. line might just become a two-way street sometime soon.

Acadia Baby trinkets ($20 each) are oven-safe and lead-free, and available on Etsy—click here for details.



Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Be the first to comment here.

OC Guides

Guides

OC Guides
  • Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Margarita

    Rancho Santa Margarita’s Plaza El Paseo is a South County suburban mall with a twist. It’s the unexpected finds—a little gem of a florist, cozy spots to sample tea and wine, and a top-notch steakhouse across the street—that put it in a league of its own. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

    Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

    Read More
  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: East Side Costa Mesa

    This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Read More
  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

    With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Read More
  • Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa

    Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects Read More
 
 
wine blog
 

stuff we love

Charitable Events Calendar

Close

Advertisement