This version of the traditional French Christmas cake is filled with coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache. See How to Roll and Decorate A Bûche de Noël for illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Drenched in sherry and kirsch, this holiday dessert features layer upon layer of ginger cake, custard, berries, chocolate, and cream. It's a showstopper.
This heavenly dessert is made with meringues and candied chestnuts.
Baked Alaska first made its way into print in Fannie Farmer's 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, but the idea of baking ice cream inside cake and meringue had been around for much of the century.
Of all the delights that grace the French Christmas table, probably nothing inspires more childlike joy than this dessert.
"The fine arts are five in number," wrote the chef Marie-Antoine Carême, "painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture—whereof the principle branch is confectionery." He knew what he was talking about. After all, he created croquembouche, a spire of caramelized cream puffs.