Bakeries that sell yule logs/Bûche de Noël for Christmas?

buche de noelKim asks a seasonally-appropriate question via Twitter:

Are there any bakeries in the cap region that sell yule logs/ buche de Noel for Christmas?

If you don't know Bûche de Noël from a bush, it's a traditional French Christmas dessert -- a sponge cake that's been frosted, rolled up, and then frosted and decorated to look like a yule log. [Wikipedia] [Serious Eats]

We had some vague memory that Mrs. London's in Saratoga makes Bûche de Noël (probably thanks to Ellen). So we gave them a call (581-1652 x303) -- and they do! Mrs. London's makes three types of Bûche, and each serves 10-12 people. They're $65 and must be pre-ordered and prepaid. Orders should be in at least a week before Christmas. And Mrs. London's is open until 4 pm on Christmas Eve if you want to pick up at the last moment.

Has anyone had the Bûche from Mrs. London's? We'd love to hear how it is.

And if you have a suggestion about other places for Bûche de Noël/yule logs, please share!

photo: Andrew Pendleton via Wikipedia

Comments

I saw them at Hannaford in Latham a few days ago. Can't imagine the quality would even approach Mrs. London's, but if you're in a pinch or on a budget...

I love these. Also I am a huge fruitcake fan.

We've brought Mrs. London's Buche de Noel to several Christmas dinners, and they are always a huge hit. It's such a decadent concoction, yet somehow doesn't seem too rich after the traditional Christmas roast. To add to the merriment, you should add some sabayon (rum infused whipped cream). Not cheap, but the presentation always elicits a "wow" from the crowd, and it's delicious the next day, too!

The Placid Baker, at 250 Broadway in Troy, had an amazing Bûche de Noël last year. We enjoyed it for several days and it didn't dry out. I don't know if they are planning on making them again this year, but you can call them at (518) 326-2657 and ask.

I am a chocolate lover! That cake looks so good.
I am looking for seven layer cake, the kind that Joe's Restaurant on Madison Ave used to have. It had alternate mocha frosting, with dark chocolate frosting on top, and pistachios sprinkled .

Does anyone know of a place in the Capital region that makes La Tourtiere, a French Canadian pork pie?

We're making them at Crisan :)

I had a magnificent Buche de Noel from Crisan at my nephew and niece-in-law's on Christmas Day - almost too beautiful to cut, but it was out of this world. Everyone took pictures of it first, and then we savored every delicious delectable bite. Thanks Crisan (and Jeremy and Laura) for the Christmas treat!
Tres jolie and tres tres bien!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: riding through the night, the Johns Brook Lodge, the Catskills, a... (more)

Rensselaerville Festival of Writers 2014

The annual Rensselaerville Festival of Writers returns August 15-17 in (surprise) Rensselaerville. Among the lineup of authors for this year's festival: Elisa Albert, Shin Yu... (more)

Titus Andronicus at The Low Beat

Could be fun: Titus Andronicus is playing a show at The Low Beat in Albany August 22. Tickets are on sale -- they're $12 ahead,... (more)

Morning Blend

Kathy Sheehan named a 15- member blue ribbon panel on Tuesday to investigate rail safety in Albany, in response to last week's call from County... (more)

Albany's oldest buildings

Albany is an old place -- roughly 400 years old, depending on how you're counting. So it's going to have some old buildings. But how... (more)

Recent Comments

I think part of the outrage is a manifestation of the guilt felt by the crowd that refuses to recognize any part of Troy that isn't glossy, groomed, or hipsterfied or threatens that image. I love Troy. I've invested in Troy. But I'm not blind that there is a caste system in Troy. ...

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

...has 2 comments, most recently from Rich

Albany's oldest buildings

...has 1 comment, most recently from MW

Reaction to the reaction

...has 4 comments, most recently from Cyril

FameLab at EMPAC

...has 2 comments, most recently from Wendy (Troy)

Greulich's Market checks out

...has 3 comments, most recently from Johnh