The best Yule logs in Paris for 2022
Classic, poetic or offbeat ... this year's bûches de Noël (Christmas logs) revealed
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 2022, the signature gourmet logs of Parisian master pastry chefs offer many a surprise.
Maxence Barbot, the head pastry chef at the Shangri-La Paris, showcases the most poetic symbol of Christmas: the star. The Yule log Étoilée in the shape of a star anise flower with eight petals, is filled with a Peruvian milk mousse and a hint of aniseed, combined with biscuit and crispy chocolate and a hint of zingy freshness provided by a clementine marmalade and confit of lyokan, a Japanese citrus fruit.
Yule log Étoilée: €118 for 8 people. Available by pre-order from Tuesday 1 November 2022, limited edition.
HÔTEL PARK HYATT PARIS-VENDÔME
Naraé Kim, the head pastry chef at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme, pays tribute to the great couturier Jeanne Paquin, whose workshops were located at 5 rue de la Paix, by evoking her elegant drapery. The log has been crafted with precision combining the freshness of pear in the centre with a light hazelnut biscuit and hazelnut paste. A mousse with 72% Venezuelan chocolate and a pear and brandy cream complete this airy and refined creation.
Yule log Haute Couture, 95€ for 6/8 people, reservation required: email@example.com
HÔTEL LUTETIA RIVE GAUCHE
Nicolas Guercio, the head pastry chef at the Lutetia, draws inspiration from the elegant art deco of this iconic hotel on the Left Bank to create a Yule log with distinctive golden lines and angles. The inside of the log contains a Komuntu dark chocolate mousse, a hazelnut dacquoise with fleur de sel, a creamy filling with Valrhona milk chocolate, and a praline enhanced with dark truffle from the Perigord.
145€ for 10 people, Available on reservation until 22 december 2022 to pick up from the Lutetia on 23 and 24 December 2022.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGES V
At the palace Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, the head pastry chef Michael Bartocetti has unveiled a creation with exquisite curves in rich, brown, sparkling, and amber colours. The airy composition of this Yule log consists of a crunchy almond and lime shortbread, a creamy pine-infused mousse, and a biscuit with almonds from Provence, together with chestnut honey jam, Sicilian olive oil, and citrus fruit confit.
135 euros for 8/10 people, available at the Christmas Pop-Up of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, from friday 16 december 2022 to sunday 8 january 2023.
HÔTEL CHEVAL BLANC PARIS
For the Yule log at the Cheval Blanc, the head pastry chef Maxime Frédéric presents a delightful gourmet creation that is a nod to childhood and Christmas toys with a chocolate rocking horse. The outer layer in chocolate imitates the grain of wood, while the rocker is made of crispy Gianduja. In the centre, a gift decorated with Samaritaine medallions is filled with dacquoise biscuit, hazelnut praline, shortbread, a light mousse, and vanilla caramel.
180€ for 6/8 people, available on reservation 48hrs in advance on 01 40 28 00 00. To be withdrown on 23, 24 et 25 December 2022.
HÔTEL DE CRILLON, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL
In keeping with tradition, the head pastry chef at the Hôtel de Crillon, Matthieu Carlin, serves up a Yule log inspired by a traditional log covered with a ‘bark’ made using cocoa beans from 1955 from Chocolaterie Robert for a 75% dark chocolate. Inside is a mousse of cocoa nibs combined with a Sacher biscuit, a creamy chocolate filling flavoured with lime zest and a praline with cocoa bean crunch.
105 €. On reservation 24 hours in advance. Pick up at the entrance to the Hôtel from 19 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.
HÔTEL LE MEURICE
Head pastry chef at Le Meurice, Cédric Grolet celebrates the arcades typical of the Rue de Rivoli, the street on which the hotel stands, with a Yule log with coloured caramel hazelnut tints, decorated with the famous arches of one of Paris' most important thoroughfares. Under a hazelnut milk-infused mousse, a hazelnut praline fleur de sel crunch is combined with vanilla caramel, set on a hazelnut biscuit, enhanced with hazelnut praline from the Manufacture Alain Ducasse.
Yule log ‘La Rivoli’: 130€ for 8 people (limited series, by pre-order only).
HÔTEL THE PENINSULA PARIS
Recently awarded the Lebey prize for the best dessert 2022, Anne Coruble, head pastry chef at The Peninsula Paris, offers a trio of Yule logs with surprising and elaborate flavours for a bold gustatory discovery. One is a combination of yoghurt, blackcurrant, and fennel, a second one, vanilla and tobacco and a third, truffle and hazelnut.
115 euros for 3 ‘signature’ Yule logs for 12 people. Available on 19 December 2022, by pre-order 72 hours in advance.
HÔTEL SOFITEL LE SCRIBE OPÉRA
Head pastry chef at the Sofitel Le Scribe Opéra, Antoine Bouchard glorifies this famous hotel with a log in its image, an airy gluten-free dessert with a chocolatey-coffee flavour. Waiting to be discovered beneath a crunchy dark chocolate façade: a brownie biscuit, coffee crunch, an unctuous creamy chocolate filling made from Nicaraguan cocoa, coffee caramel, with a coffee cream and a cappuccino moussegrand cru Terre de café Himalaya.
120 euros for 8 people. Available from 20 December 2022 to 1 January 2023 on order.
HÔTEL ROYAL MONCEAU RAFFLES PARIS
Quentin Lechat, the head pastry chef at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, offers a creation of 5 complementary flavours presented in the form of 5 superimposed bars. The vanilla bar has a vanilla milk jam biscuit with a hint of amber rum and panna cotta; the milk chocolate bar has a tonka panna cotta brownie, a puffed rice biscuit and a chocolate mousse; the tatin bar has a buckwheat biscuit with caramel and salted butter, apple tatin and yoghurt mousse; the praline bar has a Dacquoise biscuit with orange praline and lemon marmalade; and the intense chocolate and cranberry bar has a cocoa biscuit, praline, chocolate mousse and cranberry jelly.
110€ for 8 people. Available for pre-order from 20 November to 20 December 2022. Collection from 22 December until 26 December.
Top names in the world of patisserie are also tantalizing the taste buds of food lovers with their mouth-watering creations. Philippe Conticini, for example, presents his three gourmet Yule logs for Christmas: The Yule log dulce, yuzu and kumquat, the Yule log chocolate hazelnut, and the Yule log vanilla caramel. A fourth chestnut and clementine Yule log is also available and exclusive to Galeries Lafayette.
From 38 € to 52 € for 6 people. 3/4 people for the Yule log Christmas balls (35 €). Pre-order from 26 November and in the shop from 17 December 2022.
The two yule logs by head pastry chef at Ladurée, Julien Alvarez, are based on the establishment’s emblematic macaron. The Impératrice Amande offers a crunchy almond and mango compote with yuzu juice, enhanced with cream and orgeat syrup, and covered with a thin chocolate almond coating; The Reine Saint-Honoré consists of crispy caramelized puff pastry and a choux pastry biscuit, combined with a creamy filling with roasted vanilla, and semi-salted butter caramel, covered with a vanilla chocolate coating.
Yule log Impératrice Amande €78 for 6/8 people, available from 14 December 2022 in store and also available to pre-order online from 30 November 2022.
Yule log Reine Saint-Honoré €78 for 6/8 people available from 14 December 2022 in store and online, or individual at €11 (from 7 December 2022).
LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT
The Maison du Chocolat presents its Yule log Absolument Cadeaux in the form of 3 gift elements, one rectangular and two cube-shaped with a rich dark chocolate coating, and tied with chocolate ribbons (white, milk and strawberry). Inside, dark chocolate mousse from Cameroon, pecan nut praline and a creamy filling with salted butter caramel and a biscuit brownie with caramelized pecan powder.
120€ for 6/8 people, available to reserve from 1 December for pick up in store from 21 to 24 December 2022.
The renowned maison Lenôtre pays tribute to mountain peaks and comforting milky flavours with the first signature creation by Etienne Leroy, the head creative patisserie chef and pastry world champion. For this Yule log Noël au Chalet, a hazelnut crunch and a ‘pain de Gênes’ biscuit with vanilla flavoured with a hint of 7-year-old rum contain a fondant heart of Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar and fleur de sel from the Camargue, a creamy filling and a milk mousse infused with cinnamon and toasted brioche. A chalet sculpted in dark chocolate (from Ghana, Sao Tomé and Tanzania) with a snow-covered roof of milk chocolate and marshmallow beautifully shelter the Yule log.
Yule log Noël au Chalet: 180€ for 8 people. Available from 16 December 2022.
Taking inspiration from its round boxes of chocolate, the maison Fouquet, a specialist in traditional praline, has created the Yule log Couronne, available in three flavours: Hazelnut, Coconut and Pistachio. Under a layer of meringue, the Couronne consists of biscuit combined with a caramel and puffed rice or pistachio spread, with either a hazelnut praline, a coconut praline, or a pistachio praline.
Yule log Couronne Hazelnut, Coconut or Pistachio: 75 euros for 10/12 people. Available in shops and online.
An anthology of Yule logs in Paris for a diversity of flavours that are ever more intense and gourmet!