North Pole bûche de Noël
A deeply rooted devotion to Christmas cheer is sweeping the pastry kitchen at Le Bristol Paris this festive season. For Pastry Chef Pascal Hainigue, who grew up in Alsace where the Christmas season is elevated to a culture all its own, the end-of-year period inspires a strong spirit of enchantment and a particular affection for the bûche de Noël — a Christmas ritual at Le Bristol Paris.
For his 2022 creation, Pascal Hainigue has eschewed the usual dominance of dark or milk chocolate for a dessert elaborated in pure white. Sculpted with the help of moulds handmade by the chef himself for the occasion, the yule log cake depicts seven individually shaped icebergs and a polar bear gingerly traversing them.
Like an Arctic scene frozen in time, the sculptural cake is as light as it is original. Each large iceberg segment is developed in 3 delicate dacquoise layers featuring hazelnut and chestnut meringue, a sweet chestnut cream filling and calamansi jelly for a delicious hint of tangy citrus. The miniature icebergs are crafted from a smooth base of hazelnut praline.
This exquisitely imaginative, North Pole inspired bûche de Noël by chef Pascal Hainigue serves 6–8 people and will be available for purchase at L’Épicerie du Bristol Paris this Christmas from December, 20th until December, 26th.
L’Épicerie des Ateliers du Bristol
Daily opening, from 10:00am to 7:00pm
114 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 Paris
+33 1 53 43 43 74