The ultimate French dessert tradition for Christmas is the "Buche de Noel", translated as Yule log. Here is a short selection of bakeries where you will find some delicious ones!
Place your orders in advance as many bakeries are closed on Christmas eve!
Bouchon Bakery, Napa Valley
Chocolate biscuit, gianduja Cremeux, praline Chantilly, crystallized hazlenuts.
or... Vanilla bean mousse, vanilla custard, Cointreau-soaked vanilla- orange cake.
Bouchon Bakery -Yountville Napa Valley
Serving 4 to 6 (8''), $38
Serving 8 to 10 (12"), $52
La Bedaine, East Bay
La Bedaine offers not only Buches de Noel in three flavors: coffee, gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut), and dark chocolate, but also four typical French desserts to die for : tarte Tatin, Millefeuille, Paris-Brest, Saint Honore!
1585 Solano Av, Berkeley
Buches serving 6, $18 and $20
Order by Dec 21.
La Boulange - San Francisco et la Baie
The Bûche de Noel is back at la Boulange. Chocolate flavor offered in a very nice box with a bunch of traditional decorations.
For yourself or as a present.
Whole buche $36, half $24
La Farine, East Bay
Chocolate Mousse rolled in Genoise cake with a Frangelico soak. Frosted with Chocolate Buttercream & decorated with fresh evergreens & Marzipane Mushrooms. Yum...
La Farine - East Bay
(Rockridge, Dimond, Solano et Piedmont)
More Christmas desserts on lafarine.com
Serving 15, $59
Masse's Pastries, Berkeley
With 5 receipes, you will find what you are looking for: mocha, chocolate, passion fruit de la passion or cassis... even a gluten free buche.
1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
From $45 tp $55
Tartine, Mission district, SF
Genoise filled with espresso buttercream, meringue mushrooms, pistachio moss and Valrhona chocolate glaze.
Christmas menu tartinebakery.com
Serving 8, $50
Serving 16, $96
Thorough Bread & Pastry, Castro district, SF
You have the choice between the Chocolate buche, a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate frosting, and the Tiramisu buche, vanilla chiffon cake with tiramisu cream and coffee buttercream.
Serving 6 to 10, $32 (tbc)
And take a look at our useful addresses for other Bakeries and Pastry shops in SF and the Bay.