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where to buy buche de noel?

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

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    1. re: purple bot

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

    2. they have buche-like cakes at Whole Foods

      1. 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. 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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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            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.

            1. re: Allstonian

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

            2. re: opinionatedchef

              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!

            3. 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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              1. re: perks25

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

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

                1. Konditer Meister in Braintree, Ma

                  1. Cafe Cakes in Watertown (51 Galen St.)

                    1. 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. Verrill Farm blog mentions that they are available by order.

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

                          1. 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.