Bûche de Noël

December 19th, 2013

The bûche de Noël is the traditional Christmas dessert in many regions of France.  These days, all the well known pastry chefs and chocolate makers outdo themselves with elaborate versions – each year they bring out new creations!  But the traditional bûche has a closer resemblance to the yule log (linked originally to the winter solstice in ancient times) that it commemorates.  And many bakeries offer slices of their bûches so that even singles and couples can enjoy!  With so many fascinating designs and flavors it’s so hard to choose.  Too bad Christmas only lasts one day!  Next Christmas in Paris anyone?

This one’s from Jean-Paul Hévin (dark chocolate mousse, almond biscuit and dark raspberries)



More chocolate (but I can’t remember whose)




Or from Hugo & Victor (daquois, Madagascar vanilla mousse and a heart of chestnut splashed with candied chestnuts wrapped in lace)



Or in a completely different vein from Cyril Lignac (vanilla bourbon ganache, creamy candied chestnuts, a praline biscuit and a dark chocolate shell covered with a red velvet chocolate)



And finally an example of an almost traditional bûche


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