Christmas is the perfect time to push the boat out when it comes to crafting decadent sweet treats. So why not try your hand at some French Christmas desserts this year?
French desserts cover a myriad of styles, from decadent yuletide logs to a classic crème brûlée, and make the perfect addition to any festive table.
Make a name for yourself this Christmas and take your pick from our round-up of some of the classics below:
French Christmas Desserts
The queen of all chocolate cakes offers a layered, rich and altogether delicious slice of Christmas.
Try this French speciality with a sponge cake base, jelly and vanilla custard served in bite-sized individual portions on spoons.
Try making the famous madeleine at home with this easy madeleine recipe.
For chocolate lovers, take your madeleines to another dimension with this moreish chocolate and almond recipe.
Complete your table and set the festive tone with a traditional yule log cake - a classic cake fit for any Christmas party.
For an elegant and grown-up dessert, try these delicious and easy-to-make Christmas desserts with pears and red wine and a hint of cinnamon.
French chocolate mousse
Whip up a crowd-pleasing chocolate mousse, courtesy of Ludo Lefebvre's superb recipe.
Quivering set custard bathed in dark sweet caramel is enough to make most dessert fans go weak at the knees.
Chocolate cream-filled profiteroles in a towering pyramid, bound together by syrupy caramel, will make a show-stopping and decadent centrepiece to any Christmas party table. Try it if you dare.
Take the old school mille-feuille - or 'one thousand' sheets, layers or leaves of airy, crispy, flakiness sandwiched together with lashings of cream - and blow your guests away this Christmas.
Mont Blanc recipe
Think chestnut purée piled on top of meringue rounds topped with whipped cream for a classic dessert. Try Angelina's Mont Blanc recipe for a taste of history.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most exquisite French desserts. Who can resist cracking through the caramel crust to reveal a thick, creamy vanilla custard below? Try Julia Child's failsafe crème brûlée recipe.
For an authentic taste of France, try a simple, yet impressive tarte tatin. A cinch to make and both generous and tasty on the table. Find the tarte tatin recipe here.