Bay seniors whose loyalty to chocolate remains stalwart might want to start thinking of baking something dark, creamy and spectacular for Christmas. You could always go with a Viennese Sacher Torte or a Mexican pastel but the Geezer recommends that French paragon of faux forest patisserie – a Buche de Noel.  The always reliable Tante Marie has a recipe that is complicated but doable. If you balk at spending so much time stirring buttercream and creating meringue mushrooms, why not ask your daughter-in-law to do it?

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