Buche de Noel
Anyone know where to purchase an authentic & delicious Buche de Noel in Chicago (city only). I know Bittersweet's does one, but I was hoping for other options.
I know that the Swedish Bakery does one but as to how "authentic" it is, I can not say. I've never had one in France you see and I don't know what the real deal is. I do know that the Swedish Bakery on Clark Street has a very good product in the way of their baked goods so perhaps you should give them a try.
A good buche is hard to find anywhere in the Midwest, unfortunately (I know, I've been searching for quite a while.) My first suggestion would have been Bittersweet, but you might also want to try Alberts in River North, Red Hen (in Lincoln Park and Bucktown) or Sweet Thang in Bucktown.
As a last resort, the Neiman's catalogue carries a really lovely buche de noel I've actually consumed in past years. It's ridiculously expensive, and the only reason I was ever in possession of such posh pastry is because it was given to me as a gift.
Another good source farther north is Gerhard's bakery in Lake Forest. It's very authentic. Gerhard, the owner, is from Austria. It's easy to get to from Chicago. Hop on the METRA north line. Get off at Lake Forest and it's right across the street.