A traditional French Christmas dessert: Bûche de Noël

A traditional French Christmas dessert: Bûche de Noël

From the second half of December, most French boulangeries start stocking their windows with fine patisseries known as Christmas logs, or Bûche de Noel.

Christmas logs (Bûche de Noel) — which are rolls of crushed biscuits with vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate or more exotic flavours — are an integral part of the French table during the holiday season.

Here's how such a simple and inelegant dish appeared on the Christmas table in a country known for its exquisite cuisine.

 

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