The best Christmas windows in Paris and a special festive French cake recipe, La Bûche de Noël, from our CEO and founder Magali

Paris takes on a sparkling atmosphere at Christmas time, with the most popular shopping destinations exhibiting colourful and gleaming Christmas windows that will amaze the whole family.

Family Twist has selected the most beautiful ones to make sure your family fully enjoys Christmas time. We want you to spend a dreamy, special time in the City of the Lights as you search for the best Christmas gifts for your family and friends.

Along Boulevard Haussmann, at the Printemps department store, Burberry presents beautiful Christmas windows with live music in a quirky British style. Enjoy the spectacle of rag dolls playing rock music and flying around Big Ben!

The Galeries Lafayette join in the fun with multicoloured monsters that bring a bit of wacky madness to the iconic store. Do not miss them climbing, dancing and singing all together through the Christmas windows of                                                                 Boulevard Haussmann.

The Christmas windows at Bon Marché, located in the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, are a bit more sophisticated and show Santa’s reindeers reading Christmas letters in a witty way. You can hear them singing and doing all                                      they can to make a perfect Christmas for everyone.

Look no further! Here is our authentic recipe for the famous Bûche de Noël – a French dessert served at Christmas time. But first a bit of story!

The Bûche de Noël, or Christmas Log, comes from a very old French tradition which involved burning a huge log from a fruit tree during Christmas dinner, and for the days running up to New Year, as a way of guaranteeing a good harvest. Gradually it became a cake and nowadays it is a Christmas speciality in every French household.

Bûche de Noël

Ingredients for 10:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 125 g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g butter
  • A teaspoon of yeast
  • 125 g chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of double cream

 

Directions:

1. Lightly grease some baking parchment and place it in a tray on the oven rack.

2. Separate the egg whites and yolks.

3. Mix the egg yolk and the sugar until it is smooth, then stir in the flour, the melted butter and the yeast.

4. Whisk the egg white and fold it into you mixture.

5. When everything is well blended, pour the batter into the tray and spread it out. It should cover the entire tray.

6. With the help of your parents, put it in the oven for 6-8 minutes at 250°C (th7-8).

7. Dampen a cloth and sprinkle it with a bit of sugar before spreading it out on a surface. Carefully remove your creation from the tray and place it on the cloth, throwing away the baking parchment.

8. Then make your ganache by melting the chocolate in a bain-marie. When it is ready, add the cream and mix well.

9. Put the chocolate ganache on the cake mixture and roll it using the cloth. This can be a bit tricky, so maybe ask your parents for some help.

10. Place it in the fridge for an hour, still inside the cloth.

11. When it is ready, remove the cloth and cut both sides of the cake to give it the form of a log.

Use your imagination and decorate your Bûche de Noël with whatever you want. Why not add some Christmas figurines, little trees, fruit or some whipped cream?

Bon appétit!

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