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meringue mushrooms in NoVa?

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beanodc Dec 10, 2009 12:41 PM

I am trying to find meringue/chocolate mushrooms in the area for a buche de noel. I know I can make them but have enough on my plate right now. Has anyone seen any? Would prefer NoVa but DC or Md. is possible. Thanks in advance.

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    milocat Dec 10, 2009 05:34 PM

    In NoVa try the Tivoli Bakery (two locations: at the Rosslyn and Ballston Metros) and in DC try Dean and Deluca in Georgetown. Leopold's Cafe and Patisserie Poupon in Georgetown may be two possibilities. I have seen these in the past but it is best to call ahead to be sure.

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      Culocho Dec 11, 2009 05:15 AM

      Call Heidelberg Bakery on Lee Hwy. They may.

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        mymomisthebestcook Dec 11, 2009 06:35 AM

        What are meringue mushrooms?

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          milocat Dec 12, 2009 05:10 AM

          They are candies of a sort made from sweetened meringue that are made in the shape of mushrooms and often dusted with cocoa powder to make them light brown like mushrooms. You mostly see them decorating the tops of the French Christmas cake, the buche de Noel, or Christmas log. The cake is usually yellow cake and chocolate frosting in the shape of a log. You decorate the top with candy or frosting green leaves and the meringue mushrooms. Supposed to look like a log that is in the forest. Ok, now I want cake.....

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            Russel Shank Dec 12, 2009 09:26 AM

            yum... anyone know where can you buy this cake whole?

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              beanodc Dec 12, 2009 04:16 PM

              There are many bakeries that do this cake at Christmas. I have purchased a "buche" at Heidelberg, Balducci"s and the bakery that is down the street from Heidelberg(am blanking on the name). I starting making my own and do it for the sense of accomplishment as I am not a baker.

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              beanodc Dec 12, 2009 04:11 PM

              Thanks so much for the reply. You were more specific than I would have been.

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