real life test kitchen: buche de noel

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I like campy and I like rich, so I tried my hand at buche de noel (or “yule log”) this year not once, but twice. What you see here is the result of my first attempt, and both times I was very pleased with how it turned out — and so were my friends. I found my Buche de Noel recipe at All Recipes, although there are lots online including a slightly more complicated version from Martha, of course. The All Recipes version is unfortunately lacking details on how to ice and decorate the log, and luckily the comments fill them in:

– Be sure to grease the parchment paper well or the cake will stick to it.
– Definitely let the rolled-up cake cool for a full 30 minutes.
– Cut off a slice from the end of the log and use the chocolate whipped cream to “glue” it to the log as a stump.
– Draw the tines of a fork through the whipped cream to simulate tree bark.

And here’s a tip of my own: Martha wanted me to make meringue mushrooms, but I wanted to keep things as easy as possible. So instead I used a bit of the cake as a stem, topped it with a dollop of mousse, and then topped that off with a packaged pfeffernusse cookie. Instant mushroom cap! I finished the whole thing off with cranberries, mint leaves, and confectioner’s sugar “snow.” (And yes, it was delicious.) — Mary T.

From our partners
Angela M.

Um… this is basically a mega-sized HoHo, isn’t it? What’s not to love! I’m having desert envy. Next year this will be on my menu!

Mary T

Actually, yes! That’s so hilarious — we actually said upon sampling, “Hmm, this is like the best Ho-Ho you’ve ever eaten.”

mmm, looks delish! I’ve been dying to make one, but Christmas this year, like most years, was movies and chinese food. Maybe I’ll shake it up next year and attempt it

I spent Christmas in Paris 7 years ago and all the Buche de Noel had little plastic (toy) saws in them.
I always wonder if anyone has ever seen them in NY??

shanon

We made one of these last year, it was as much fun to decorate as it was to eat (and boy was it fun to eat!). Ours was chocolate with orange liqueur, from allrecipes too.

Mary T

Actually, this was surprisingly easy to make. The second especially. Holly, I’ve never actually purchased one, so I don’t know.

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