It’s time to bring you a new christmas recipe, la Buche de Noel, or christmas log.
This is the most traditional French dessert for the holidays, and will either be home made or quite often purchased from a favoured patissier.
I believe that home made is always better, so here for you is a favourite recipe.
First you need to make the cream:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar
Whip cream to stiff peaks. Slowly add the sugar and cocoa. Refrigerate until needed. You may need more or less cocoa and confectioner’s sugar depending on temperature and other circumstances. If you like to use a lot of frosting, you may want to make a double batch of this! Be prepared just in case
To make the cake you will need:
1 cup of cake flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Preheat oven to 375F and grease a rectangular sheet pan (or “jelly roll” pan) very well for baking the cake. Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs for 30 seconds. While mixing on medium speed, pour in the sugar slowly. Continue mixing until the mixture is a pale yellow colour (this is crucial to the recipe).
Add milk, salt, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula just until combined. Do not over-mix.
Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until lightly golden. When you can gently push the surface of the cake with your fingertips and watch it rise back slowly, the cake is ready!
Let cool for around 5 minutes. Carefully turn the cake out onto a tea towel that you have lightly coated in confectioner’s sugar. Working quickly and not roughly, gently roll the tea towel up with the cake inside of it. Let it cool for 10 minutes and unroll the towel.
When the cake is completely cool, fill it with the chocolate cream and roll it up again. Frost the outside completely. If it starts to melt, stick it in the freezer for a while.
Take your time and remember, this cake is supposed to look like a log! Making it at home can be challenging, but fun. Decorate however you wish. If you would like to make a chocolate “bark,” melt any type of chocolate and spread it on a piece of parchment. Place it in the freezer until it hardens, then crack it and press it onto your cake. A dusting of confectioner’s sugar creates the appearance of fresh snow, and if you’re particularly adventurous, you can even make these little meringue mushrooms!
All that remains is to sing a few carols, and wish each other Joyeux Noel!