Christmas log 2013 in Paris ? You will be astonished at the variety and perfection of the many enticing examples of this delicious seasonal treat that are available in Paris. In this city of gastronomic delights some of the world’s greatest pastry chefs compete to create the perfect buche de Noel. So why not make sure that you get an opportunity to sample this Yuletide delicacy. Just to tempt you, let us tell you of the origins of this celebratory tradition and make some recommendations regarding the finest to be found in Paris this Christmas not far from the Hotel Britannique.
Christmas log in Paris; an ancient tradition
The original ‘Buche de Noel‘, or Yule Log, was of course an actual tree log; a hard and long burning piece of firewood which would provide a great deal of much needed warmth during the cold, hard days of the depths of Winter. The tradition stretches back a lot further than many people realise. In fact it may even predate Christianity in Europe and have its roots in Anglo Saxon paganism. Ancient pagan societies would light a sacred fire around the time of the Winter solstice to encourage and celebrate the return of the sun. This practice continued after the adoption of Christianity and was gradually absorbed into the trappings of the Christmas celebration.
As old fashioned open hearths became less common, the Yule Log burning was practiced less, but it never died out. Instead the tradition morphed into something new; a sponge cake rolled around a chocolate buttercream filling and designed to look like an actual chopped log. They are particularly popular in France, and so top pastry chefs compete each year to offer the most appealing, delicious and original Buche de Noel. So why not try the exquisite offerings of Hélène Darroze, Cyril Lignac, La Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Herme, Jean-Paul Hévin, Dalloyau… and so many others?
The Hotel Britannique invites you to find your favourite Christmas log 2013 in Paris
At the Hotel Britannique we are perfectionists ourselves and appreciate the painstaking creativity which goes into making the world class Bûche de Noël. Allow us to guide you to where you might find the very finest.