The Christmas season brings an abundance of pastries, but perhaps none are more elaborate than a bûche de Noel, the French cake made in the shape of a yule log, rolled with whipped cream and decorated with “mushrooms” made of meringue.
This year, Parc restaurant is offering a gluten-free version made with flourless chocolate cake, crunchy pralines, and salted caramel buttercream. The pralines add a bit of texture to each bite, and the top of the log is decorated with nuts and glimmering bits of edible gold.
The logs come in two sizes, designed for four or eight people, but could easily serve more if it’s part of an array of desserts. They can be ordered by calling the Paris-style bistro on Rittenhouse Square between Dec. 3 and 17, and can be picked up Dec. 24 after noon.
Elsewhere in the area, larger yule logs are available for $50 and $72 at the Night Kitchen bakery (7725 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill). In Mayfair, Haegele’s Bakery (4164 Barnett St.) offers Yule logs annually, as does the Swiss Haus Bakery (35 S. 19th St., in Center City). Aux Petits Delice (162 Lancaster Ave. in Wayne) is accepting orders for yule logs until Dec. 19. — Allison Steele
Chocolate hazelnut bûche de Noel, $35 and $70 at Parc, 227 S. 18th St., 215-545-2262.