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Where to buy a good Buche de Noel?
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    Post #1 - December 13th, 2005, 1:14 pm
    Post #1 - December 13th, 2005, 1:14 pm Post #1 - December 13th, 2005, 1:14 pm
    I'm thinking about purchasing a Buche de Noel for a Christmas dinner. Has anyone purchased one in recent years from a local bakery or know of a bakery that makes them? I'd like a really nice version - with the meringue mushrooms, if possible.

    N.B. One such log (I believe, sans mushrooms) was purchased last year at Whole Foods - the type of baked good there that is made outside the premises and is pre-boxed. It was okay- the frosting was a little too "fake" tasting and the cake tasted, well, as if it had been made well-before my purchase date, a la Entenmann's.
  • Post #2 - December 13th, 2005, 1:32 pm
    Post #2 - December 13th, 2005, 1:32 pm Post #2 - December 13th, 2005, 1:32 pm
    This may be unhelpful, but I know that Zingerman's (in Ann Arbor) has Buche de Noel as a December bakery special. Here is the description of theirs:

    Buche de Noel (Yule Log)
    Our version of the traditional French holiday dessert: a light vanilla cake filled walnut rum butter cream and covered in chocolate butter cream. It’s decorated with hand-made edible sugar mushrooms, holly and freshly fallen snow.


    I emailed them to ask if they would ship it and whether that would even be practical. (But if anyone can do it, they can.) I will edit this if and when I hear back from them.

    Kristen
  • Post #3 - December 13th, 2005, 2:20 pm
    Post #3 - December 13th, 2005, 2:20 pm Post #3 - December 13th, 2005, 2:20 pm
    aschie30 wrote:I'm thinking about purchasing a Buche de Noel for a Christmas dinner. Has anyone purchased one in recent years from a local bakery or know of a bakery that makes them? I'd like a really nice version - with the meringue mushrooms, if possible.


    Vanille Patisserie, at least, makes yule logs. You'll obviously have to pre-order it, and I don't know how much it will cost (quite a lot, I'd guess). But given the half dozen other things I've had from there, it'll be quite good.

    Vanille Patisserie
    (773) 868-4574
    2229 N Clybourn Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614

    http://www.vanillepatisserie.com
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  • Post #4 - December 13th, 2005, 4:06 pm
    Post #4 - December 13th, 2005, 4:06 pm Post #4 - December 13th, 2005, 4:06 pm
    The oft mentioned Sweedish Bakery on Clark usually has a few of them in stock or available via special order reservation.
    Steve Z.

    “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • Post #5 - December 17th, 2005, 5:11 pm
    Post #5 - December 17th, 2005, 5:11 pm Post #5 - December 17th, 2005, 5:11 pm
    HI,

    I was at Il Mulino Bakery today in Highwood, which had at least 3 different thematic variants of Buche de Noel: classic to one with Santa and his reindeer taking a breather.

    New to me: sheet pizza like you buy at Italian bakeries in Chicago.

    Il Mulino Bakery
    530 Sheridan Road
    Highwood, IL 60040
    847-266-0811

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #6 - December 17th, 2005, 5:19 pm
    Post #6 - December 17th, 2005, 5:19 pm Post #6 - December 17th, 2005, 5:19 pm
    Fox and Obel had them on display whole in the bakery department and by the piece(!) in the individual pastry section today.
    Steve Z.

    “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • Post #7 - December 18th, 2005, 2:32 am
    Post #7 - December 18th, 2005, 2:32 am Post #7 - December 18th, 2005, 2:32 am
    Whole Foods has a very nice Buche De Noel, when I was at bakery department they offered a taste, it had mushrooms and all. Very tastey
  • Post #8 - December 18th, 2005, 10:11 pm
    Post #8 - December 18th, 2005, 10:11 pm Post #8 - December 18th, 2005, 10:11 pm
    I noticed a beautiful one today at Fox & Obel (can't remember if it had mushrooms). It was expensive though -- I think around $45.
  • Post #9 - December 20th, 2005, 1:41 pm
    Post #9 - December 20th, 2005, 1:41 pm Post #9 - December 20th, 2005, 1:41 pm
    Thank you everyone for your replies. I will be sure to report back on any yule log purchased and consumed. :)
  • Post #10 - December 22nd, 2005, 9:04 pm
    Post #10 - December 22nd, 2005, 9:04 pm Post #10 - December 22nd, 2005, 9:04 pm
    Lutz makes a delicious Buche Noel which costs around $27 with tax. I purchased one last week for an office Christmas party. Dinkel's also makes one at a few dollars less but with a frosting filling.

    Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop
    (773) 478-7785
    (773) 478-8629
    2458 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    http://www.lutzcafe.com/

    Dinkel's Bakery
    (773) 281-7300
    (800) 822-8817
    3329 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    http://www.dinkels.com/
  • Post #11 - December 26th, 2005, 7:59 am
    Post #11 - December 26th, 2005, 7:59 am Post #11 - December 26th, 2005, 7:59 am
    aschie30 wrote:I'm thinking about purchasing a Buche de Noel for a Christmas dinner. Has anyone purchased one in recent years from a local bakery

    Aschie,

    I picked up a Buche de Noel from Gladstone Park Bakery. A little heavy on the buttercream, but all the kids at the party oooohed and ahhhhed and the price was right. $16.95

    Gladstone Park Bakery
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    For those not familiar with Gladstone, it's a better than most straight up neighborhood bakery, reliable in the extreme and a prefect place for birthday cakes, coffee cakes, bread and rolls. I like their rolls, which I ordered along with the Buche de Noel.

    One hint, if you order a Buche de Noel and the phone person says "what's that" try Yule Log.

    On the rare occasion I've made a Buche de Noel I've used Stephan Pyles Chocolate Roulade with Hazelnut Filling as a base (New Texas Cuisine). It uses ricotta in the filling and is an absolute killer recipe. Then used Joy of cooking for technique and tips on decorating.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Gladstone Park Bakery
    5744 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL 60646
    773-774-4210
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