A huge cheese platter with many different kinds of cheese is a must have, neatly arranged and served with various breads. Some cheeses also have festive presentations such as truffle camembert which is to die for!
Bûche de Noël Yule Log Cake
Bûche de Noël is definitely the one and only Christmas dessert. Traditionally shaped to represent the real wood log placed in the fireplace on Christmas eve, bûche is often made of garnished swiss roll topped with buttercream or ganache and decorated with tiny figurines. Entremets or ice cream logs are getting more and more popular among pastry addicts and chocolate or chestnut are no longer the only beloved flavors. I tell you here where this tradition comes from.
Exotic and candied fruits
Although it’s common to find exotic fruits all year long nowadays, It’s been a habit (and so refreshing when you eat all the above!) to have litchi, clementine, passion fruit, mango… at the end of the meal. And by extension dried fruits such as dates (sometimes stuffed with almond paste) or candied fruits.
It’s difficult here to choose among all the tiny bite size Christmas cookies, bredele, chocolate and dried fruits mendicants, candied orange and black chocolate orangettes, candied chestnuts… As Christmas is synonymous to chocolate, the ultimate greed is chocolate truffles, made of black chocolate ganache coated with cacao. Who can resist to this?
This is not a dish but is actually something you definitely have to serve for a classic French Christmas eve dinner. You may want to pour in crème de cassis blackcurrant liquor to make a kir royal. But if Champagne is good, there’s no need!