Pauls Christmas Buche Range is the Best for 2015

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I love the Paul Bakery in Oxford (and really everywhere) for their bread as well as the amazing buche they have at Christmas. I was lucky enough to have the chance to try these in advance of the big push for the holiday season and in a radical departure from the norm, I think you’ll find a shocking top pick from me.

Bûche Roulée ChocolatBûche Roulée Chocolat – VERY chocolaty and absolutely gorgeously indulgent this buche is a true Christmas staple for any festive foodie. How can you resist this sensational seasonal chocolate log, incredibly indulgent and totally traditional? I’m sure you’ll savour every piece of this perfectly-presented rich roulade stuffed with smooth milk chocolate cream and rich dark chocolate mousse and, topped with a sprinkling of chocolate shavings. But in a shock move this is not my favourite buche. I KNOW! It’s a shock and I shocked myself when I realised which was my favourite.

So here is where I have to question my chocolaty credentials – I loved the next buche more than the chocolate and there is NO CHOCOLATE in it (unless you count the chocolate chips…).

Bûche Framboise NougatBûche Framboise Nougat – I was surprised by liking this one because I do not like coconut. There were layers of coconut dacquoise, nougat bavaroise and raspberry mousse which were encased in a light and fluffy raspberry sponge studded with chocolate chips and finished with a crown of fresh raspberries. This is a gorgeous, light and amazingly beautiful alternative to chocolate desserts or Christmas pudding that will satisfy any sweet tooth and add extra splash of colour to your festive feast. Both husband and I loved this delightful dessert and we are super picky people!

buche chaletBûche Châlet – This was really different and I loved the roof as well as everything about it. It was on the nutty side of course but it was a surprising blend of textures. Delicately designed to look like a snow-topped Alpine lodge, alternating layers of soft almond biscuit and Gianduja (hazelnut and chocolate) mousse are housed in an icing sugar-dusted praline pastry roof. AWESOME FLAVOUR!

So there you have it. You can pick one of these beauties up from any Paul Bakery anywhere so go for one!

About Judith Lewis

Editor and chief blogger at Mostly About Chocolate. Expert SEO. judge at various chocolate awards, wine awards, and all the Search Awards. Judith is passionate about food, wine, and travel.

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