We’re over half-way through our Christmas Around the World series and the next country to come under the festive spotlight is France.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll love this edition because in France they enjoy le Réveillon, which is a very long dinner held on Christmas Eve – instead of a big lunch on Christmas Day – crowned by a whopping 13 desserts (this is particularly prevalent in Provence, where we’ll be taking our food tour next year)! There is a religious significance to indulging in such a large number of desserts as they represent the 12 disciples and Jesus himself. The Christmas Eve version of this feast is called as le Réveillon de Noël, which is typically a time to celebrate with immediate family, and the New Year’s Eve variation, le Réveillon de la Saint Sylvestre, is more a time to invite the extended family and even friends. Foods served during le Réveillon are often luxurious and the best available, which can mean anything from lobster and foie gras, to oysters and meats not commonly eaten at other times throughout the year due to their extravagance.
One dessert you’re likely to find on most tables over the Christmas holidays in France is the traditional Bûche de Noël, which is what we would call a yule log – or chocolate log. Macarons, cannelés and nougat.