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What a wonderful day it was today. The sun came out through the mist, the kids had a great morning opening presents and my first Buche de Noel actually turned out. I have been wanting to make one of these babies for about 4 years, but something always got in the way of actually doing it. Here in the States, these are more commonly referred to as a Yule Log.
Having a new functional kitchen has certainly inspired me to develop some traditions in my family. This year I started with dessert. Le Buche de Noel is a traditional French dessert for "Le Reveillion" , (Christmas Eve Dinner). I knew it would bring a taste of home to Frenchie and at the same time win some points with my family abroad!
I started the Buche the day before Christmas and anticipated bringing it to our Christmas Day dinner that we were having with a group of close friends. The dinner would be at Cathy's house, Writer and Owner of Noble Pig Food Blog and Noble Pig Vineyard and Wines, which has a huge following. No pressure, right? If I screwed it up, I had four packages of cream cheese and graham crackers for crust on stand-by just in case (Cheesecake). I didn't care so much about that, I was really more hell bent on reviving a wonderful memory for my French hubby.
In this particular recipe (The Martha Stewart Cookbook) , it called for white chocolate in the frosting, which would make the log white, right? Wrongo. According to Frenchie, the log has to have dark bark. So a quick change was called for. Luckily I had what I needed. Additionally, he said to sprinkle dark brown candy bits on top - yes -he was that specific. I only had pink and purple left over from my daughter's birthday cake. I preferred the fresh snowy branch version anyway. I liberally sprinkled confectioners sugar and added some branches from my soon-to-be-dead Christmas tree and decorative berries for garnish. I also added a few more cake branches since we we're serving more than 10. Therefore, this Buche de Noel resembles a tree rather than one log, besides, here in Oregon, we're tree people. Stand by for next year....I plan to add meringue mushrooms. Whoa.
It was a hit, everyone loved it and best of all, Frenchie said it was authentic French Buche de Noel. I immediately took photos---and sent one to my mother-in-law in France.
I hope you had a very Joyeaux Noel and I wish you a wonderful New Year.