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Festive Bûche de Noël for the holidays are here
December 17, 2022, 10:04.56 am ET

Photos: Southold General

James Beard Award-winning Chef François Payard’s legendary Bûche de Noël will be making a return for Christmas Dinner, as well as for pre-order/pick-up at Southold General. Chef Payard will be serving up three different flavors of his world-famous Bûche de Noël from a nostalgic tableside dessert cart.

This traditional French Christmas treat is made from a thin layer of sponge cake that is rolled up and frosted in such a way that it resembles a festive Yule log. Each flavor that will be available at Southold Social’s Christmas Eve dinner will also be available for pre-order and pick-up beginning Friday, December 23 from Southold General.

New York City gem French-Japanese bakery Patisserie Fouet is offering a modern, sophisticated new take on Bûche de Noël, the French Christmas log cake, that’s not only delicious but sure to dress up the holiday table as well. Dating back to the 19th century, the Bûche de Noel is a French Christmas tradition inspired by the yule log that families started burning on Christmas Eve for good luck in the new year to come.

Photo: Patisserie Fouet

Unlike the typical log cakes that look like a swiss roll with sponge cake and cream, Chef Yoshie Shirakawa’s decadent Bûche de Noel is composed of hazelnut milk chocolate mousse with a center of orange-mango compote and chocolate biscuit set on a spiced cookie and enveloped in caramel glaze. Decorated with chocolate, meringue cookies and dried orange, the cake serves 8 and is $68. Pre-orders can be placed via Patisserie Fouet’s website now through December 20th. The cakes will be available for in-store pickup December 20th - 24th (by 4pm on 12/24) and delivery in Manhattan (email for delivery, which is additional $25).

Also serving up this festive dessert…

15 East @ Tocqueville (1 East 15 Street) has a Chocolate Buche De Noel with brandied cherries as part of its Christmas Eve grand four-course tasting menu.

Michelin Starred Chef Shaun Hergatt will also be offering a version of Buche De Noel as part of his festive 3-course Christmas Eve Special at Vestry in SoHo.


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