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where to buy buche de noel?

French_Mom Dec 8, 2008 12:41 PM

Can anyone recommend a really good authentic bakery to buy the classic French Christmas cake, called buche de noel (or Christmas log)?

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    purple bot Dec 8, 2008 12:57 PM

    I believe Flour in the South End is making them, not sure how authentic it will be.

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      tweetie Dec 8, 2008 02:05 PM

      Ditto the authenticity caveat, but Wilson's in Lexington usually has them.

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      Scruffy The Cat Dec 8, 2008 02:17 PM

      they have buche-like cakes at Whole Foods

      1. Allstonian Dec 8, 2008 02:31 PM

        Check Lionette's Market in the South End. I haven't gotten one in several years, but they used to have fantastic buche de noel.

        1. opinionatedchef Dec 8, 2008 02:57 PM

          Formaggio Kitchen- Huron Ave in Camb., and the South End- have excellent in-house bakery where they make them.

          Does Delphin Gormandise still exist in Brookline and Marblehead?

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            Allstonian Dec 8, 2008 03:55 PM

            Nope - gone from Brookline for many many years - at least a decade - and more recently gone from Marblehead as well. Delphin is now the director of the professional pastry program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

            However, the pastry chef who did the buches for Lionette's trained with him, and the ones I had were quite similar to the amazing ones I had from the Brookline shop long ago.

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              French_Mom Dec 9, 2008 05:52 AM

              Hooray! Thanks so much. It will be more fun to shop for them than to try and make one!

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              voodoocheese Dec 17, 2008 08:30 AM

              I just contacted the South End Formaggio location, and it seems only Cambridge is doing them this year... back to the drawing board. I'll contact Lionette's next!

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              perks25 Dec 9, 2008 11:00 AM

              I would definitely try Cafe Vanille on charles ST. I love that place for appricot or pear tarts. also they have wonderful croisonts and bread.

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                robertlf Dec 10, 2008 05:59 PM

                And their sister bakeries: French Memories in Hingham and Duxbury.

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                gutterman Dec 10, 2008 01:54 AM

                The blue frog bakery in JP has them every year. chocolate with the mushrooms and everything

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                  janzy Dec 10, 2008 08:14 AM

                  Konditer Meister in Braintree, Ma

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                    robertlf Dec 10, 2008 05:59 PM

                    Cafe Cakes in Watertown (51 Galen St.)

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                      smtucker Dec 10, 2008 07:24 PM

                      Saw buche de nöel at Wilson's Farm today. But I have to say it was in a plastic container which kind of turned me off. But I don't do sweets, so can't comment on how it tasted.

                      They did have a demo table set up so you could try it before buying.

                      1. greygarious Dec 11, 2008 07:12 AM

                        Verrill Farm blog mentions that they are available by order.

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                          janzy Dec 11, 2008 02:10 PM

                          Cafe Vanille on Charles St.
                          It was featured on Chronicle last night.

                          1. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Dec 12, 2008 05:51 AM

                            I orderd one from French Memories in Duxbury. They're an off shoot of Cafe Vanille in Boston and there is a sister French Memories in Cohasset.

                            The cost for a small is $28.99 and feeds 4-6.

                            Cost for a large is $69.99 and feeds 14-20.

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