The traditional French Bûche de Noel is back in both French and American pastry shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Are French pastry chefs inspiring their American colleagues?

Here is our selection for Christmas 2022

  • San Francisco

One 65 – 3 flavors and 2 sizes available, here is something to satisfy everyone – the Chocolate – Chocolate Caramel mousse, Vanilla ganache, Jivara Biscuit, Cocoa nibs Croustillant, Hazelnut Praline – the Chestnut – Chiffon biscuit, Vanilla Chestnut whipped ganache, Chestnut confit, Vanilla whiskey punch – the Exotic – Coconut Biscuit, Mango Banana Cremeux, Passion fruit Confit, coconut mousse. Available in 6 inches (65$) or 8 inches (85$). Pre-order in-store or online. In-store pick up at O’Farrell or delivery on December 23rd or 24th.
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Maison Nico – Chef Nicolas Delaroque has created a Bûche de Noel with layers of chocolate, hazelnut praline, and white chocolate infused with bay leaf.
For 8/10 people for $85. On order for a pick up on December 23rd or 24th.
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Maison Danel – The chef is treating us to two flavors this year – Mogador – traditional rolled chocolate and passion fruit bûche or Duchesse – vanilla mousse, almond heart, hazelnut praline, and caramel.
7 inches for $80 – order online for pick up or delivery
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buche la boulangerie mercisfLa Boulangerie – vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut Bûche de Noël is perfect  to complete your holiday feast or gift to the host. Pre-order by phone or in person Thursday, December 15th to Sunday, December 18th.
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buche thorough bread mercisfThorough Bread – 2 flavors –  Dark chocolate mousse with crunchy hazelnut layers, chocolate sponge and sable cookie, and Vanilla Raspberry ( Vanilla mousse with passionfruit cream, chiffon cake and buttery shortbread.). Serves 6. 53$ . Order by December 18
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In the Peninsula

Maison Alyzée 3 flavors – Chocolate – On a soft cacao biscuit, crunchy cacao nibs and dark chocolate topped with milk chocolate lightest crémeux & dark chocolate mousse. – Exotic – A light lime madeleine biscuit, topped with mango & passion fruit crémeux, fresh organic banana & tropical fruit confit, light white chocolate & vanilla mousse or the Praline – Leger Almond biscuit topped with gianduja croustillant, Tahiti vanilla crémeux, soft caramel & hazelnut praliné mousse. From 6 inches to 12 inches ranging from $60 to $132. Available by pick up in Burlingame and Mountain View or by delivery.
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Mademoiselle Colette Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City – No info yet at the time of publication but Mademoiselle Colette will put all the info on her website next week about her Bûches for Christmas.
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Douce France – Palo Alto 3 sizes (6 inches, 8 inches, or 10 inches) and several flavors (Vanilla Mousse or Chocolate Mousse) and choice of icing (Chocolate buttercream or sponge cake)
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Fleur de Cocoa Los Gatos – 5 types of Bûches – Fleur de Cacao – Dark chocolate mousse and chocolate sponge cake with chocolate cream and crunchy hazelnut – Forêt Noire: Dark chocolate mousse, cherries dipped in Kirsch, vanilla-Kirsch mousse, chocolate sponge cake. – Royal – Dark chocolate mousse with a crunchy layer of hazelnut praline, almond sponge cake, and coffee crème brûlée center – Ruby – White chocolate mousse with vanilla, creamy raspberries, raspberry-strawberry coulis – Caramel – Caramel mousse, brownies, sweet vanilla caramel, caramel cream.
2 sizes: 6/8 persons at $58 and 10-12 persons at $68. Available on order from December 10 to 24.
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  • Marin County

Amélie Wine Bar Fairfax: In addition to her holiday menu, Amélie will offer 2 versions of logs for 4-6 people: chocolate/praline/crème brulée or mango/passion fruit/coconut for $45. Available on order from December 23rd to January 1st by email at ameliecafeandwinebar@gmail.com
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Sarmentine Santa Rosa – 3 different flavors of Bûches – Tokyo – yuzu, strawberries – Tiramisu – espresso, mascarpone – Trianon – chocolate, hazelnuts – 2 sizes available 6/8 persons $50, 10/12 persons $70.
Order by phone and pick up on December 23rd and 24th.
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Les Pascals
Glen Ellen – No info yet at the time of publication but the Pascals will have different flavors of logs for Christmas.
To order at 707-934-8378
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  • East Bay

La Noisette Berkeley –2 flavors of bûche this year – one chocolate hazelnut buche or one hazelnut buche. Each one for 12-15 people, 10 inches -price 70$.
To order by phone at 510-813-8300 or by email lanoisettesweets@gmail.com
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Tarts de Feybesse – An exotic Bûche for Tarts de Feybesse this year with mango and Tahitian vanilla.
10 inches for $80 – pre-orders are available for Christmas starting Monday. Delivery in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
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La Farine Oakland – 3 stores on College Ave, Piedmont Ave, and Fruitvale Ave
Chocolate mousse Bûche – two sizes: 8 inches for $52 and 10 inches for $75
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Enjoy the traditional Bûche de Noel and Happy Holidays in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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