The holiday season is a time when many of us follow traditions that have been honored throughout several generations. At la Madeleine Country French Café, traditions are at the heart of everything we do. Our recipes follow the time-honored French tradition of using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create delicious comfort food and delicate pastries. One of the traditional pâtisseries we offer each holiday season is the Yule Log, or as it’s known in France, the Bûche de Noël.
Our Bûche de Noël
Our la Madeleine Bûche de Noël starts with classic vanilla sheet cake. A layer of chocolate mousse is added before rolling it into the iconic Yule log shape. Our pastry chefs then ice it with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache to resemble tree bark and decorate it with festive holiday candy ornaments. A symbol of warmth and tradition, the Bûche de Noël is one of our favorite holiday patisseries. It makes a beautiful addition to any holiday centerpiece.
The Evolution of the Bûche de Noël
Many holiday traditions are tied to nature, and the Bûche de Noël or Yule log is no exception. The Yule log began as an ancient Celtic tradition tied to the winter solstice. Celtic families would burn an actual log as part of their Yule celebrations. Eventually the Yule log then made its way from the fireplace the Christmas dinner table as a decorated centerpiece. The French took the idea of the Yule log and created the the Bûche de Noël patisserie. Pastry chefs take their own creative approaches when decorating the Bûche de Noël. You will see them decorated to resemble real logs, complete with bark, greenery, mushrooms and snow. And many, like ours, are decorated more festively with candy holly berries, poinsettias and ornaments.
We look forward to serving you our Bûche de Noël each holiday season, and hope you make it a part of your family’s Christmas traditions.