After succumbing to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, it’s time to indulge your sweet tooth again with the traditional bûche de Noël. Here is a non-exhaustive selection of addresses where you can get a bûche de Noël (or yule log, as Americans tend to call it) in Miami.
Among the newcomers, Brigitte Cavallero and her son Bastien, who recently opened Maison Valentine in Miami Beach, offer two flavors of bûche: a chocolate one made with a raspberry roulé with chocolate mousse and vanilla cream, and a fruity one with blueberry financier, tropical fruits mousse, and pineapple sauce. Each creation serves 6 people and costs $48. The individual-size bûche costs $8. — 1112 15th St, Miami Beach, (305) 922-7942
Les Moulins La Fayette
Les Moulins La Fayette bakery and pastry shop located in Miami Beach will make you drool with its four flavors of bûches: a triple-chocolate creation, another inspired by cheesecake topped with red fruits, a Saint-Honoré-style strawberry bûche, and one with chocolate and caramel. This dessert (serves 8) costs $44.95, and the individual portion is offered for $6.50. — 211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, (786) 773-1400
Buena Vista Deli
Located in Design District in Miami, Buena Vista Deli will delight any foodie’s tastebuds with its four bûches flavors: chocolate-passion fruit, chocolate-raspberry, chocolate-caramel, or Saint-Honoré style with custard and whipped cream on a brownie and chocolate cream base. Price is $38 (serves 6) or $62 (serves 12 people). — 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, (305) 576 3945
Claude Poste and Cory Finot of Café Crème in North Miami stick with the traditional styles and make the essential chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla and strawberry bûches. Plan to pay $24 to $54 per bûche, which can feed 4 to 12 people depending on the size. The individual-size serving is $4.95. — 750 NE 125th St, North Miami, (786) 409-3961
On Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, you will find a wide selection of creations displayed in Paul‘s store windows: a “Forêt de Neige” (snow forest) with chocolate mousse on a praline dacquoise; rolled bûches with lemon meringue or chocolate, and others with red fruits, praline chocolate, or exotic fruits; a cake with fresh fruit, lined with lady fingers (“façon Charlotte”); and the traditional orange brioche crown. Prices range from $19.99 to $49.99 depending on the bûche, which is available in two sizes, for 4 or 8 people. It is also possible to buy individual-size bûches. — 450 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, (305) 531-1200.
To celebrate Christmas under the Miami sun, Atelier Monnier, nestled in the heart of Brickell, has created three bûches with evocative names and various tastes: the “Crunchy” is made up of a milk chocolate mousse and praline cream on a praline dacquoise; the “Christmas Rose” is made with vanilla and mascarpone mousse and a red fruit compote cream on a strawberry and raspberry dacquoise; and the “Cécile,” filled with a dark chocolate mousse and vanilla cream on a pecan nut dacquoise. You’ll pay $44.95 dollars for one of these creations (serves 6 to 9 people). — 848 Brickell Ave #120, Miami, (305) 456-5015
La Bonne Addresse
At La Bonne Adresse in Hollywood, just north of Miami, pastry chef Julien Van Steenwinckel and his sister Émilie, resident chocolatier, are offering five choices for mousse bûches: triple-chocolate; lemon, lime, and Italian and French meringue; chocolate with praline and raspberry; hazelnut, chocolate, and praline; or passion fruit, mango, and coconut. You’ll spend $60 on one of these bûches (serves 8). — 2003 Harrison St, Hollywood, (954) 927-6458