Every year, the great pastry and chocolate makers compete in originality and daring to offer Christmas logs to mark festive meals.
Aromas from childhood, audacious flavours with unexpected combinations, classic, traditional, or poetic, magical or eccentric … In 2021, the signature gourmet logs of Parisian master pastry chefs offer many a surprise.
Hôtel du Louvre
The chefs at starred hotels, Parisian palaces and top restaurants conjure up gourmet creations for you to enjoy. Julien Delhome, head pastry chef at the Hôtel du Louvre signs a Yule log that has a traditional appearance on the outside but which is full of surprises and originality on the inside: crunchy shortbread with seeds, an oven roasted pear, creamy Dulcey mousse and pear confit with tarragon.
€70 for 6/8 persons. Available from 20 to 26 December 2021 by pre-order 72 hours in advance
Hôtel Lutetia Rive Gauche
The head pastry chef at the mythical Lutetia palace on the Rive gauche, has taken inspiration from childhood memories for his 2021 Yule log. Nicolas Guercio has created a shoe with a mandarin in it. For the ingredients: mandarin mousse, soft no-gluten biscuit with chocolate, Valrhona chocolate mousse …
€95 for 6 persons. To be reserved by telephone on +33 (0) 149 54 46 00
The Peninsula Paris
The Yule log ‘Racine’ from the Peninsula Paris has been created by two pairs of hands. Those of Anne Coruble and David Bizet. Under the crunchy chocolate shell is an entremets composed of a vanilla ganache infused with grilled apple leaf, a creamy filling made with unpasteurized milk and Madagascar chocolate smoked with apple-tree wood, creamy caramel with notes of apple, all on a crunchy chocolate biscuit.
€95 for 6 persons. Available on 23, 24, 25, 26 and 31 December 2021 to take away or upon reservation.
Molitor, MGallery Hotel Collection
Benoît Gressent the head pastry chef at the Molitor, MGallery Hotel Collection has teamed up with the artist Nebay to create a Yule log for 2021 that is full of ingenuity. For the flavours: caramelized apples, lemon and caramel on biscuit, mousse and topping. Visually, Nebay has added his touch: chocolate pieces arranged in a mosaic and chocolate tag on the log.
69€ for 6/8 persons. Available by pre-order
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Quentin Lechat, head pastry chef at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, offers two Yule logs for the festive season 2021: the signature numbered Yule log ‘Bois d’Atlantique’ and a more classic Yule log for chocolate lovers.
Yule log ‘Bois d’Atlantique’ : €140 for 6 persons. Available by pre-order from 20 November to 20 December 2021 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic Yule log : €75 for 8 persons. Available by pre-order from 20 November to 20 December 2021 - email@example.com
Matthieu Carlin, head pastry chef at the legendary palace Hôtel de Crillon, has created a delightful Yule log that is symbolic of the Christmas season. His Christmas creation 2021, in the shape of a gourmet sledge, is composed of dark chocolate, hazelnut dacquoise and Piedmont hazelnut biscuit, fromage blanc mousse, fresh lemon cream and a heart of dulche de leche.
€90. Limited edition. Available by pre-order from 1 December 2021
Le Meurice Paris
For the Christmas season 2021, chef Cédric Grolet and his head pastry chef François Deshayes have created two Yule logs for Le Meurice Paris. The first features one of the chef’s favourite products: the lemon. Under a ganache with yuzu (a small citrus fruit) are three inserts of lemon - yellow, green, and black. The second Yule log, in the shape of a cocoa pod, puts the accent firmly on chocolate.
‘Cabosse’ Yule log: €110 - Limited edition, by pre-order only from 1 December 2021 - Retrait from 21 to 26 December 2021
‘Citron’ Yule log: €110 - Limited edition,by pre-order only from 1 December 2021 - Retrait from 21 to 26 December 2021
For Christmas 2021, the famous Maison Lenôtre is celebrating Provence. The maison’s signature Yule log ‘Mont Sainte-Victoire’ by Guy Krenzer and Jean-Christophe Jeanson, pays tribute to the Mont Sainte-Victoire in Provence. A majestic creation with mandarin confit, mandarin mousseline cream and pine nut and hazelnut praline. Though the Yule log is the star of the seasonal celebrations, the brand also offers an Advent calendar, sugar-coated calissons, a box of 13 desserts, other gourmet Yule logs, gingerbread house… and more.
Signature Yule log ‘Sainte-Victoire’ : €130 for 6/8 persons. Available from 15 December 2021
Joël Defives, ‘meilleur ouvrier de France’, presents his two Yule logs in the bakery ‘Baptiste’. You can choose from the Provençal log with its calissons and candied fruits or the choco passion log for an exotic culinary journey.
Bakery Baptiste : 17 rue des Moines, Paris 17th
Top pastry chefs also concoct mouth-watering creations full of flavour. Thsi is the case of Philippe Conticini who presents his three gourmet Yule logs acclaimed by his fans on the social networks: La Bûche dulce, yuzu and kumquat (available in individual size), La Bûche chocolate, caramel and tonka (available in individual size) and La Bûche Pure Vanilla.
Between €48 and €66 for 6 persons. By pre-order from 20 November and in the shop from 18 December 2021
The patisserie superstar Christophe Michalak is once again delighting sweet-toothed gourmets. The Christmas collection 2021 includes the signature Yule log Fleur de pistache in the shape of a Christmas tree, a chocolate pecan Yule log, the classic Pure Vanilla Yule log, and the lemon-bergamot Yule log. These last three are available in mini format (individual portions). Many other creations await you in the shop.
From €8.50 for one person to €80 for 8 persons. Available in the shop and online.
Pierre Hermé, whose macarons are renowned worldwide, is offering a range of Yule logs titled ‘Nomades de Noel’ for the 2021 festive season. It includes three Yule logs with flavours that will transport gourmets to far off places: La Bûche Nomade Ispahan, La Bûche Nomade Origine and La Bûche Nomade Infinitely hazelnut praline.
€55 for 6/8 persons. Available by pre-order between 1 and 16 December 2021
The end of 2021 is marked by the first collection of Yule logs created by pastry chef Jeffrey Cagnes. And for the occasion, the chef has made two yummy logs: one in chocolate, the other rolled in lemon. No doubt the first of many!
Chocolate Yule log : €45 for 6/8 persons. By pre-order from 20 November 2021. In the shop (24 rue des Moines, Paris 17th) from 18 December
Lemon roll Yule log : €38 for 6/8 persons. By pre-order from 20 November 2021. In the shop (24 rue des Moines, Paris 17th) from 18 December
Cédric Grolet Opéra
In addition to his creations for the palace Le Meurice, pastry chef Cédric Grolet presents two other exclusive creations for the festive season in his shop on Avenue d’Opéra. Two Yuletide logs: the Bûche citron vanillée (lemon and vanilla) and the Bûche noisette (hazelnut).
Bûche citron vanillée : €90. Available for pre-order on the website. Available in shop at 35 avenue de l'Opéra, Paris 2nd
Bûche noisette : €80. Available for pre-order on the website. Available in shop at 35 avenue de l'Opéra, Paris 2nd