Every year, Maison Lenôtre works even harder to fill our taste buds with enthusiasm and surprise them for the Holidays.
This year again, Chef Guy Krenzer and his teams put on a spurt to offer the “Odyssée Gourmande” collection; a collection created in partnership with French artist Michaël Cailloux. Seduced by Michaël Cailloux’s colorful work filled with green, animal and cosmic details, Guy Krenzer wanted to tell about the antic travels combining pagan legends and winter solstice to the tale of the Mages.
And the outcome is esthetically marvelous and taste oh-so good. This signature yule log 2018 by Maison Lenôtre invites us to a travel thanks to flavors from the three continents which are the birthplace of the animals in the tale.
First of all, there’s Asian lemon, then African chocolate and finally European hazelnut. To make you drool even more, this “Odyssée Merveilleuse” yule log hides under a delicious layer of almond paste and biscuit, a crispy biscuit with cocoa and hazelnut, a cream with lemon zests, an explosive light baba soaked with lemon juice and finally a gourmet lemon-infused egg whites mousse.
And for even more greed, three delights are available as sides to remind you of the presents brought by the Mages.
First, there’s a chocolate coulis with no added sugar (a blend of cocoa beans from Tanzania, Ghana and Sao Tomé) to serve warm, then small “Candi” lemons made of almond paste symbolizing gold and finally crispy toasted and caramelized hazelnut sprinkles for the myrrh.
And in addition to be delicious, this creation is beautiful, topped with large clouds cut in white chocolate and roasted puff rice.
You can also discover the yule log in a box designed by Michaël Cailloux in reference to the sweet starry night. The fantastic animals are also part of the décor.
“Odyssée Merveilleuse” yule log – Limited Edition
Price : €120 for 12 persons
Upon order from December 8 to 24, 2018
To book from December 1 in all Lenôtre stores and on lenotre.com
As it happens every year, World’s Best Sommelier 2000 and Maison Lenôtre Sommelier Olivier Poussier gives you his piece of advice to accompany this yule log. This year, it’s all about “Majono Taméiki” yuzu liquor based on the best yuzu juice produced at the village of Ryu-jin (Wakayama) and blended with Japanese sake.
Please note that Maison Lenôtre also has another yule log to satisfy your taste buds.
The “Noël sous la Neige” yule log is made of a light dark chocolate cream holding a milk heart surrounded by a fine crispy biscuit, the whole covered in a snow coat made of marshmallow.
Noël sous la neige yule log
For 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/11 servings
Price: starting from €40
Individual yule log: €8.50
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