A bûche de Noël is always the dessert of choice on my table during the holidays. I used to make them with my mom when I was younger and they hold a special meaning in my heart imbued with nostalgia and the festive spirit. There are many delicious choices for bûches in Montreal but if I had my picks, I would head to one of these three pâtisseries.
Patrice Demers is one of the best pastry makers in Montreal and a trip to his beautiful pâtisserie in Little Burgundy is always a treat. This Christmas, Patrice has three different flavours: a dark chocolate, banana and caramel one, a hazelnut praline and coffee one and a lemon and sweet clover one.
The bûches will be available from December 14th to the 31st. Make sure to reserve yours ahead of time because they will fly off the shelves! You can order yours fresh if it’s to be eaten within 24 hours, or frozen if you’re travelling with it or if you want to buy it ahead of time to avoid the Christmas madness of a last minute run.
My pick: the hazelnut praline and St-Henri coffee bûche with a hazelnut mousse, a rolled cake flavoured with St-Henri coffee, a chocolate and coffee ganache, crispy praline and a moist hazelnut cake.
Order by email at [email protected] or by phone at 514 439 5434.
Another one of my favourite pastry shops in Montreal is adorable Pâtisserie Rhubarbe. The store is cute as a button and their lemon tart is unbeatable. The other delights and the weekend brunch are also quite delectable.
This Holiday season, Rhubarbe is offering three flavours: a caramel, apple and spice one, a chocolate, hazelnut and lemon one and a yogurt, raspberries and pistachio one.
My pick: the chocolate, hazelnut and lemon one sounds delightful with its cocoa cake, dark chocolate mousse, Meyer lemon mousse and hazelnut crumble.
Order yours ahead at 514 903 3395.
Mlles Gâteaux is a couple of blocks from my condo and I often walk there when I need a sweet treat. The young owners are adorable and their carrot cake is the best one I’ve ever tasted.
They Christmas, the Mlles are offering three flavours of bûches as well: a chocolate and orange rolled log, a raspberry and pistachio one and a tiramisu flavoured one.
My pick: the tiramisu one, of course! it sounds so interesting with its crispy coffee, cocoa nibs and walnut croquant, a ricotta and mascarpone tiramisu mousse and a chocolate and coffee crémeux with an espresso syrup.
Order yours ahead of time by email at [email protected] or by phone at 514 903 6553.
For more sweet treats, check out my Guide to Montreal’s best bakeries and pastry shops.