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What is a truffle?

We often have customers ask, “What is a truffle?”  The simple answer is that it is a mixture of heavy cream and chocolate.  The cream and chocolate are heated and melted together to create a thick mixture called ganache.  Traditionally, the ganache is rolled into a spherical shape and then cover in cocoa powder or ground nuts; like hazelnuts, almonds or sometimes coconut.  

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Yule Logs ~ 2019

With the advent of Christianity and the changes in heating and cooking technologies, the tradition of the Yule Log changed from burning a large log to baking a dessert the resembles a log. The first Yule Log, Büche de Noël, recipe appeared in the 1600’s.

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Stollen with evergreens

Stollen at The Frenchman’s Corner

A stollen is a type of sweet bread that originates from the Saxony region of what is now Germany.  The first stollen date back to the 14th century, but at that time, the bread was not the sweet bread that it is today.

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