French food notes - December 2018

Baby brioche is true taste of a northern Christmas

In our new series providing a sideways look at French food, we examine the north’s doughy dedication to Jesus

Food notes

Just as nothing says ‘Easter’ quite like a surfeit of chocolate eggs, few things evoke the miracle birth of baby Jesus quite like a sugar-coated brioche, washed down with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Which is why in the north of France, usually from the beginning of December onwards – but as early as St Martin’s Day (11 November) in some places – boulangeries will be ...

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