The holiday season is all about succumbing to sweet traditions–candy canes, sugar cookies, and, yes, even fruitcake. But what could be more tempting than a buche de Noel? Translated "yule log," the classic French Christmas dessert usually features genoise (yellow sponge cake) rolled with jam or buttercream frosting, then covered with more frosting and garnished with delicate meringue mushrooms. Patisserie Poupon (820 E. Baltimore Street, 410-332-0390) adds it own interpretations, offering several flavors, including chocolate, hazelnut, and pistachio, and four sizes, from 8- to 24-inch logs ($33-75). Count on a 1-inch slice per person, says Joseph Poupon, the pastry shop's chef/owner. The cakes are only available the month of December. "They're definitely good," the chef assures. Mais oui!
This French dessert is a classic finale to a holiday meal.
Issue date: December, 2007