Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bûche de Noël - chez moi

Bûche de Noël
"yule log"

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)



William Kendall said...

It looks and sounds delicious!

Joyeux Noel!

Starman said...

Love the Bûche de Noël!

Palomasea said...

Wow!! Gorgeous, dear Genie!
J'adore Buche de Noel...
A very Merry Christmas to you!!!
Blessings and hugs,
- Irina

Joe said...

Oh my goodness Genie. What a mouthwatering masterpiece. Would it travel well in a post pack?

Marleen said...

That cannot be anything but delicious!
Merry Christmas, Genie.

Revrunner said...

That's funny! In some places, they burn yule logs. Leave it to the French to make something deliciously edible out of it. :-) Joyeux Noël, Genie!

biebkriebels said...

This looks very professional! Must be delicious. Have a Merry Christmas,

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

I really need to try one of these because they look amazing! Hope you have a fantastic Christmas!!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, YUMMMMMM!! Delicious looking indeed!! I'd better eat breakfast quickly!! Wishing you a very Happy, Merry Christmas, Genie!! Enjoy!!

Harriet said...

What a culinary masterpiece! It looks beautiful and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks. I will be checking out the recipes.
Joyeux Noel!

The Greenockian said...

Looks delicious! Merry Christmas!

Jeanie said...

It's beautiful, Genie! Every year I say I'll make one and never do. I know it could never compare to the beauty here! Enjoy every bite (how can you bear to eat it?)

Merriest of Christmasses!

M said...

Absolutely gorgeous and I am sure it is miam-miam!!! Joyeux Noël!!! Happy Birthday Jesus cake is baked and ready to frost. Can't wait for Clara to blow out the candle tomorrow!!!

Jack said...

What time should I show up next year, Genie?

Have the merriest of Christmases.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

We had much fun making the bûche and have been slicing pieces from each end. It is now about half the original length, but it does still look like a chocolate log.

I was given my grandmother's tiered pans for Jesus' birthday cake so it was much easier to assemble this year. It is not as large (think big tiered wedding cake) but has the four layers just as Grandmother made when we were children.

Harriet, you should try the English recipe. We had no difficulty in getting it to "roll."

M, I wish that I could be there to see Clara blow out that candle.

Blessings to each of you and I thank you for your interest in my blog.


Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
Keep this up and you'll be running Ladurée!
It looks fabulous!

Louise said...

How fantastic! It's a real work of art. Joyeux Noel to you and your family Genie.