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Nine Baked Goods in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order for Your Christmas Table

With all of the baking that has to be done during the Christmas season -- from cookie exchanges and decorating to making gifts and serving guests -- it can be nice (and necessary) to take a break. Ensure that everything on your holiday table for breakfast, dinner, and dessert is special by getting a little help from these nine local bakeries.

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Traditional Bûche de Noël from The Bakery Café at el Pedregal

When it comes to Christmas dessert, there's nothing more suited to the occasion than the Yule log, or Bûche de Noël. The Bakery Café nearby The Boulders resort is baking one with chocoholics in mind: dark chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and chocolate buttercream. To top it all off, candied cranberries add an extra festive look and flavor. The cake will serve 8 to 10 people and is available now through Christmas Eve. Call 480-488-4100 to order.

Brioche from Giant Coffee

There's something magical about the holidays, and there's something magical about this brioche -- so the two a perfect match. If you've ever stopped by Giant Coffee for a cup o' Joe, you've most likely had this artisanal specialty call to you from the pastry case. The super soft bread has a prominent yeast flavor and can be filled with practically anything, including mixed berries and Nutella banana. The dough is artfully twisted over the filling for a traditional presentation that will put a smile on even the most Grinch-like of guests' faces.

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Dominique Chatterjee