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Dec 11, 2013 01:12 PM

Buche de Noel

Hey all,

I've volunteered to bring a buche de noel to my family's xmas eve dinner. I'd like to get the tastiest one in the near-to-downtown area, does anyone have any particular favourites?

We will be 6 for dinner, but leftovers aren't a problem.


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  1. I posted the same Q last year, but as it turned out we never got around to getting one. Or more. Maybe this year I will.

    1. Mijune reported on two logs from Bel Cafe, published almost exactly one year ago today:

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Thank you! I did a quick search before I posted, but my language was too specific!

        The Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, Praline & Poached Pear buche de noel from Bel Cafe is probably my top contender right now, great to read a report of someone who's tried it.

        They also do one at French Made Bakery, which looks good, I generally like their baking:

      2. Just wanted to reply back to say that our buche de noel from Bel Cafe was delicious.

        It wasn't overly sweet, which was a big relief. Very nice mix of textures with the layers of hazelnut gateau and the chunks of pear mixed in. The mousse component was nice and light and velvety with a great flavour, and the chocolate decorations were also very high quality and flavourful.

        The small size was advertised for feeding 6 people, and it was just the right size for this. If it lacked a little je ne sais quoi in presentation, it definitely made up for it in taste.

        All in all, I'm glad we went with that particular one, it was a big success at my xmas eve dinner.

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        1. For future reference. Ours came from Sweet Obsession and it was perfect for everyone, kids included. Very fine layers of white cake, sweet chocolate on the outside and hazelnut on the inside. A couple years ago had one from Thomas Haas that was a little challenging: very dark chocolate and boozy (grand marnier?). Amazing but a bit much after a big fancy dinner.