French Group Learns The Art of the Buche De Noel

By: Lindsay Shively
By: Lindsay Shively

If you're looking for a new and tasty holiday tradition, we have your answer. For inspiration, we can look to France but don't have to leave the Capitol City.

It's standing room only at Daddy Cakes, the tiny bakery filled with eager eyes wanting to learn the art of the Buche De Noel, and eager ears too.

"Est-ce qu'il y a quelqu'un qui fait la Buche de Noel? Premiere fois? Has anyone ever made this before? First time for everyone?" Allyson Fiander speaks french then translates for the group standing in her bakery's back room.

The people in this group are eager lovers and learners of all things french- from the language to the cake. The Buche de Noel is the quintessential food for a French or Canadian Christmas, You'll find it on every table.

Just ask Washburn student Yann Kasay - a french native, how many years he's had one of these cakes at Christmas. "Oh since I was born!"

"It looks like a log," Fiander explains. "The story behind it is a french king made the peole conserve wood. So a baker in Paris made a cake that looks like the log and it because their centerpiece."

Fiander demonstrated how to make the delicious cake to two groups.
"Making the cake is the hardest part, after that its easy!" Fiander makes it look easy at least because she has 25 years experience as a pastry chef . Some of those years she spent learning the ropes in bakeries in France.

"I learned my french in bakeries, like the word for spatula, pastry bag. The art of cooking in France is taken very seriously. there is almost a military heirarchy, you know you're place!!" Fiander says.

A tiny toy axe and some christmas characters top the log and powdered sugar gives the illusion of snow. That's it to creating a beautiful and tasty finished product.

You can buy a Buche de Noel at Daddy Cakes, located at Huntoon and Gage.

But if you'd like to try it yourself, Chef Allyson Fiander gives step by step instructions on her website.


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