There is nothing like the holidays to put my sweet tooth into overdrive. And so I recently had the oh-so-sweet opportunity to indulge in a variety of treats from Financier Patissiere, the French Patisserie chain in New York. The bakery/café offers a number of holiday yule log desserts, both traditional (chocolate, Grand Marnier, praline and coffee) and “modern” (a dark chocolate, raspberry and pistachio mousse sitting atop a pistachio biscuit and finished off with chocolate lady fingers and chocolate glaze). All yule logs are heavenly, a light, spongey cake counterpointed with the rich sugary creams and fruit fillings. Holiday cookies available for this time of the year include hand-decorated sugar gingerbread boys and girls, Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments and stars. Christmas just doesn’t come any sweeter than this.
Financier Patisserie, varied locations around the city including Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street Passage), 87 E. 42nd St., 212.973.1010 and 2 Astor Pl., 212.228.2787