The most traditional of French Christmas desserts is the bûche de Noël (Yule Log). The other classic is Galette des Rois (Three Kings Cake) served on January 6 celebrating the Epiphany and marking the end of the Christmas season.
What’s so exciting is that there are many French Christmas desserts and depending on what family you ask and where they live in France you may get a different answer. Christmas traditions in France varies according to region but the major classic is -
The bûche de Noël, one of the oldest French Christmas desserts dates back to medieval times. The story behind this classic -
To make your own try this bûche de Noël/yule log recipe. A great French dessert recipe and easy to follow.
Christmas in France is also modern and people have for dessert what they most enjoy and that becomes their tradition.
My friend Sylvie in Alsace France declares that her favorite desserts to serve at Christmas are:
Corinne from Lyon France favors one of the more famous French desserts:
Didier from Mennecy in Northern France favors chocolate desserts from a
chic restaurant in Paris, "Sarment St. Gervais". (but at home he'll be having the traditional Buche de Noel)
Paris at Christmas is lots of fun and a great time to go.
Muriel and Philip will be serving a medley of desserts:
Many French Christmas dessert traditions are shared by the country and not specific to region:
Marzipan, Marrons glacés (candied chestnuts), chocolates and other candy are some of the French holiday traditions for Christmas desserts.
Christmas in France
a guide to what and where.
Paris at Christmas
Stunning decor and fun things to do.
Christmas Traditions in France - delightful regional variations.
Les Treize Desserts ©Creative Commons
An ancient custom of French culture in Provence, 13 desserts are set out on Christmas Eve and served at the Réveillon (Christmas Feast). The number 13 is thought to symbolize Christ and his 12 apostles but no one can agree on what it stands for exactly. In some parts of Provence the number rises to 15.
The combination that makes up Les Treize Dessert is different according to what area of Provence you visit. Here is the gamut of delicious possibilities:
Mostly consisting of fresh and dried local fruit harvested in late November and stored in a cool place until Christmas.
Calissons ©Creative Commons
Kouglof of Alsace ©Creative Commons
Kouglof (bundt-like cake made with brandy and dried fruit)
Berewecke (dried fruit cake)
Bredele (butter cookies)
French Christmas traditional shopping, decorations, Midnight Mass and fun things to do.
After dessert why not sing some French Christmas carols? Great way to practice French with the family.
Equally fascinating, there are many other facets to the culture of France waiting to be explored.
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