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Product Of The Month

Every month we spotlight a bread or product that we sell in our cafés. We hope you enjoy learning a little about them. Stop by any of our locations to sample these treats and take something home to share.

Chocolate Yule Log

The Yule log cake or bûche de noël is a delightful traditional cake that takes its shape and significance from the real thing—a log burned on the winter solstice to welcome the return of longer days. That tradition dates back to pagan times. Christians took it up a notch, often elaborately decorating the log with ribbons, holly and pinecones as well as anointing it with wine. Family and friends would gather before the glow of the Yule log burning in the fireplace and sing carols.

In the late 19th century, the French began to make edible Yule logs. As the tradition grew in popularity, top pastry chefs refined and embellished the dessert. Yule logs became a cherished delicacy. Today they are a prominent part of the holiday table. I love the way they look, what they represent, and even more, the way they taste.

Macrina’s Chocolate Yule Log is light in texture and full of flavor. We layer delicate chocolate sponge cake with sweetened whipped cream, candied kumquats and fresh raspberries. The cake is then rolled up, glazed with chocolate ganache and beautifully decorated.

- Leslie