‘Tis the season for sweet temptations
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Those looking for holiday treats will find their sweet spot at Fendu Boulangerie. According to chef and owner Niel Koep, Fendu has a great round-up of seasonal delights customers can enjoy.
For starters, Buche De Noel is extremely popular, as it’s a twist on the classic Christmas Yule Log cake.
“The classic log cake is a jelly roll sponge cake, but ours is the modern version,” Koep explains. “We use a plastic mold and have multiple layers of flavors inside. Starting from the inside, there’s an eggnog creme brulee, a layer of raspberry mousse; then underneath that is a layer of flourless chocolate cake and a layer of macadamia-nut chocolate-chunk sponge cake.
Surrounding that is a dark-chocolate mousse made from Valrhona chocolate.”
According to Koep, Fendu’s Buche De Noel comes in individual ($5.99), 5-inch ($28) and 10-inch ($44) sizes.
“The five-inch one serves five to six people, and the 10-inch one serves about 12 people, depending on how big or small the slices are,” Koep says.
Fendu’s Stollen Bread ($25) is another popular Christmas treat, but Koep emphasizes how the bakery’s rendition is unique. “Our version is not a traditional German Stollen in texture,” he says. “I took a traditional German Stollen formula, but mixed it the French way. The French way of mixing it is different — it comes out a lot lighter in texture. Ours is a cross between Stollen and a sweet bread; it’s really popular. In fact, last year, we sold 1,140 of them.”
Fendu’s holiday treats are available all month — until New Year’s Eve, Koep says — and customers are encouraged to order in advance.
“We are open on Christmas Eve; that’s probably our busiest day of the year,” Koep says. “There’s a limited supply of Buche De Noel, so I suggest customers order ahead.”
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