by Lori Hinton
Looking for a special treat this holiday? Head to Bakery Nouveau for Buche de Noël—a chocolate Yule log sure to bring cheer. In Nouveau’s version of this French Christmas dessert tradition, the buche (or branch) is made from sponge cake with coffee syrup and frosted with Vanilla Crème Madame, chocolate and raspberry mousse. Then it’s rolled to form the log shape and frosted again with coffee butter cream. The log is finished with chocolate bark, chocolate mushrooms, and a light sprinkling of powdered sugar to appear as if it were dusted with freshly fallen snow.
Legend has it in days of yore, Europeans would close out the year at Winter Solstice and begin anew by burning logs that were garnished with holly, pine cones, ivy and mushrooms (which the Buche de Noël resembles today). Ashes were kept as a good luck charm for the year ahead. But don’t worry; no one expects any leftover “ashes” when it comes to Nouveau’s log. So savor every last chocolate bark chip!
For more season’s treatings, check out the bakery’s Santa S’mores, Santa’s Belt and Bigfoot for a taste of peanut butter and chocolate bliss.