Bûche de Noël
Adopting another French tradition,
we welcome Christmas with a bûche de Noël.
Using a recipe inspired by the celebrated Paris pastry shop Ladurée, the bûche consists of a buttercream icing, a roulade of fine bittersweet chocolate, and a filling of rich semisweet chocolate. The humidity and rainstorms steered us to marzipan rather than our preferred meringue mushrooms. Here is a recipe in English and another here in French. We used the English recipe.
This confection was a collaboration of daughter Holly,
visiting French girl, and moi.
...sending you Christmas wishes
(still have to make Jesus' birthday cake)