The pastry chefs at Angelina, the celebrated Paris tea room once frequented by Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust, have dreamed up a spicy, fruity bûche de Noël in honour of the salon’s Austrian roots.
Indeed, Angelina was founded in 1903 by Austrian pastry chef and confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer (1832-1914).
Mr Rumpelmayer came to France in 1870, first setting up shop on the Côte d’Azur. His business prospered and eventually grew to include shops in Menton, Cannes, Nice, and Aix-les-Bains. He named his elegant tea room in Paris after his daughter-in-law.
Bûche Noël en Autriche (Christmas in Austria) features gingerbread, honey, mandarin oranges, chestnuts, mascarpone and génoise — a superb blend of flavours and textures reminiscent of the traditional Christmas markets in Rumpelmayer’s home country.
The delicate spice and citrus combination is softened by chestnut cream, one of Angelina’s flagship confections.
Angelina is also offering its traditional Bûche Mont Blanc and Bûche Choc Africain. All three bûches de Noël can be ordered for take away or enjoyed in the tea room.
Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris and other locations.
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