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!
Tartine, Mission district, SF
Genoise filled with espresso buttercream, meringue mushrooms, pistachio moss and Valrhona chocolate glaze.
Serving 8 or 16
Thorough Bread & Pastry, Castro district, SF
You have the choice between a chocolate whiskey hazelnut mousse flavor buche and a white chocolate raspberry mousse flavor one.
Thorough Bread & Pastry
248 Church Street (near Market Street)
Orders can be placed until December 20.
The place is renowned for its quality and sophistication.
4 recipes: Vanilla Raspberry, Chocolate Mint and Passion Fruit-Mango Cream Cheese.
Orders can be placed until December 19.
La Boulange - San Francisco et la Baie
The Christmas bûche is back at la Boulange with the renowned caramel sauce.
Salted Caramel & Chocolate
You can order until December 21, 2014.
Or visit your neighborhood Boulange on December 13th, 2014. It's pre-order day with a special offer.
In Marin and beyond...
In Marin, a friend recommends 2 addresses with Holidays recipes that look so good and gourmet!
Rustic Bakery, Marin
Meyer Lemon Tarte with Blackberry Coulis!
Novato & Larkspur
A reference in the Bay. Original location is in Larkspur. A pretty wide selection of Holidays recipes.
Freschezza, Primavera, Sacripantina...
They offer a buche too. Call it Tronco di Natale!
464 Magnolia avenue, Larkspur
Bouchon Bakery, Napa
Bouchon Bakery offers one chocolate recipe, large size and tiny one. Share it or have your own one, it's up to you.
6528 Washington Street, Yountville
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
Masse's Pastries, Berkeley
With 5 receipes, you will find what you are looking for: mocha, chocolate-vamilla, lemon, black forest... and Cassis! Be prepared for the taste ecstasy!! We tried them last year and it was a pure delight with, on top of it, a nice and warm welcoming service in the bakery.
You can place your order until December 20, 2014.
1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
And in the Peninsula...
Fleur de Cocoa
You can pre-order starting December 10.
Fleur de Cocoa
39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos
In Palo Alto, Douce France offers a choice of 3 different sizes (6,8 or 10 persons), 3 fillings (chocolat, vanilla or orange) and 3 frostings (chocolate, vanilla or mocha). Custom made buche!
855 El Camino Real
Town & Country Village - Palo Alto
And take a look at our useful addresses for other Bakeries and Pastry shops in SF and the Bay.