Some of Montréal’s best yule logs

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

The end of year Holidays are here and with them come all the traditional meals and treats. Yule logs are definitely the most loved and consumed Holiday cake. Many Montréal pastry shops go out of their way to create traditional logs as well as more unique and elaborate productions.

Patrice Pâtissier

Patrice Pâtissier is undoubtedly one of the best pastry shops in town. Its yule logs are always in high demand. This year, Patrice is offering 3 flavours: Saint-Henri coffee and hazelnut praline; chocolate, pecans and clementines; and apple, cranberry and chaï. Order early!

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)

The Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) are creating two exclusive signature logs for this Holiday season. Their “100% local log” is a delicious roll of maple mascarpone mousse, crabapple and cranberry compote, sponge roll soaked in Avril amaretto, and caramelized and roasted Cap-Tourmente hazelnuts,. The other option is the 100% plant-based chocolate and pear buckwheat log with Cacao Barry (Guayaquil™ 64% and Evocao™ 72%) chocolate mousse, pear and salted caramel filling, soft almond sponge, toasted buckwheat crisp.

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

The popular Plateau pastry shop has a much-anticipated Holiday collection every year. For this year’s yule logs, Pâtisserie Rhubarbe has created two flavours, a chocolate one with a cocoa cookie roulade, dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate chantilly with cinnamon, homemade hazelnut praline, and a hazelnut cake, and a citrus one with an olive oil chiffon cookie, clementine and grapefruit caramel, tutti citrus jelly, and lemon cream.

Les Givrés

Les Givrés’ frozen yule logs have become somewhat of a classic. Choose among 6 specialty logs featuring their outstanding ice creams and sorbets. The “campfire” one is especially delicious with its caramel-almond and chocolate ice cream, homemade grilled marshmallows, sponge cake and chocolate sauce.

Mlle Gâteaux

This cute pastry shop is the go-to spot in Villeray. Everything here is delicious, especially their rustic yet elegant cakes. Mlles Gâteaux is making three log flavours this year, a strawberry-rhubarb log, an apple and maple one as well as an orange roulade with chocolate ganache.

Pâtisserie Crémy

Pastry chef and owner of Pâtisserie Crémy, Rémy Charest, has always been known for his outrageous sweet creations. The yule logs he has created this year are no exception. Choose among the 3 available options, from a vegan milk chocolate and miso to one with brownies, coconut, and confit ginger.

Sachère

LGBTQ+ Village cake shop Sachère makes gorgeous cakes all year round. Their yule logs are no exception and come in 3 unique flavours. The gluten-free Genmaicha, with a mousse lightly infused with Genmaicha green tea Camellia Sinensis with a center composed of pear jelly, vanilla cream and gluten free matcha and almond cookies, and all placed on a gluten free vanilla cake. A vegan chocolate and banana log topped with a chocolate and buckwheat granola, banana slices and chocolate. And finally, the “Fresca” log is a gorgeous, snow-white creation with a mixture of grapefruit marmalade and ganache, and an olive oil and black sesame cake and mousse.

Pâtisserie Petit Lapin

Pâtisserie Petit Lapin makes some of the cutest cakes in town, hands down. Even better for all dessert lovers, the pastel-hued creations are all allergen-free, gluten-free and vegan so everyone can indulge in some of the best holiday treats.

Ôfauria

Pastry chef Christian Faure’s latest online venture Ôfauria offers many choices for your Holiday yule logs, from the more fruity and fresh to the deeply chocolatey.

Boulangerie Andalos

You can find traditional yule logs at Boulangerie Andalos but every year, this Middle-Eastern pastry shop creates a more exotic Arabic Sweet speciality yule log. This year’s creation is an Achta Maamoul Mad log, made with maamoul dough (a semolina, butter and sugar mix) and filled with ashta (clotted cream) then wrapped in pistachio paste.

Pâtisserie Madeleine

Rosemont pastry shop Pâtisserie Madeleine has created three yule logs for this Holiday season. The one with a pistachio crunchy base, soft almond and pistachio biscuit, pistachio crémeux, and orange blossom mousse sounds delicious. Their chestnut and cranberry log is gluten-free while the chocolate and tonka bean one is nut-free.

Havre-aux-Glaces

With two locations open all year long, Havre-aux-Glaces creates decadent Yule logs, made with their artisanal sorbets and ice creams. With five different options to choose from this year, including the classic duo of dark chocolate and raspberry, as well as pear, maple syrup, salted caramel and pecans. You’ll want to order early to reserve yours!

Maison Boulud

The fancy Maison Boulud restaurant is housed inside the glamourous Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Yule logs they’ve created for this holiday season are elegant and delectable and come in three flavours. On offer is a 100% nut-free chocolate log with chocolate mousse, brownie biscuits, caramel and coffee; a hazelnut and citrus log with lemon marmalade, orange cream and praline; and a flour-free apple and maple log with pecan biscuit, maple Bavarian cream, apple and sea buckthorn.

Fou Desserts

Beloved pastry shop Fou Desserts offers great Christmas logs every year. Their logs come in three flavours this year, from a chocolate, pear and chestnut one to a cranberry and yuzu one.

Comptoir Épicerie Signé Toqué

Toqué’s newly minted online shop Comptoir Épicerie operates out of its Beau Mont restaurant location and serves up elegant and refined home to enjoy at home, including a yule log made with Manjari chocolate mousse and sponge cake with praliné, feuilletine and cranberries.

Chez Potier

Beloved pastry chef Olivier Potier is offering three incredible logs this season. The Choco-Martin bûche has a cocoa, almonds and fleur de sel croustillant, a chocolate and raspberry crémeux, and a dark chocolate mousse. The other two logs are the Babatoxique with a baba base soaked in brown sugar syrup and passion fruit, and the gluten-free Nougat Glacé with chestnuts and nougat.

Rustique Pie Kitchen

Located in the Saint-Henri, Rustique has a loyal fan base who love their fun edible treats. This Holiday season, Rustique has created two Yule logs that are sure to please everyone. The chocolate log comes includes a crunchy hazelnut praline, milk chocolate ganache, flourless chocolate cake, and caramelized cocoa nibs and toasted almonds. The coconut and raspberry log has a white chocolate crunch and ganache, raspberry jam, coconut cake, and is decorated with toasted coconut shavings and fresh raspberries.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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