Thursday, December 13, 2012

Buche de Noel



It's no secret that I'm a francophile. I have a French degree, love visiting the country of France, reading about France, speaking French, and eating French food. Close to 20 years ago I found a recipe for Buche de Noel in a Good Housekeeping magazine. I've made it every year since. Although the recipe was found in an American publication, I've compared it to French recipes and it's very close. 
 

These photos are from last year's dessert. So far, I've made the roll, filled it and frosted it. Next week I'll make the meringue mushrooms and the chocolate bark. It's such a pretty dessert, and not too heavy - just a filled sponge jelly roll. Best of all, it can be frozen for several weeks and taste fresh as can be. This will be our Christmas Eve dessert.

This week has been busy, busy, busy with teaching French. One more day to go. In the evenings, I managed to put together a Buche de Noel. Click on the link for the recipe. The meringue mushrooms are not included, and are easy enough to leave off. If you want to make them, do an internet search. 

Do you have a traditional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dessert?

 

19 comments:

cucki said...

It us looking so beautiful and so yummy :)

Pondside said...

The Buche de Noel is beautiful, Lorrie. I can understand how it has come to be a family favourite. We generally have a large meal on Christmas Eve and no one wants dessert afterwards, so I offer chocolates. On Christmas Day it's always minced meat pie and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

Maggie said...

It looks absolutely scrumptious, Lorrie.The meringue mushrooms are fab!
I have the British Women's Institute recipe for a chocolate log and plan on making that this year, although I'll probably end up eating it all myself!
The SP always wants a trad Christmas Pud on Christmas Day,any leftovers are enjoyed on Boxing Day

Heather Inspired said...

Well, I've never heard of it until now - thanks Lorrie!

Alisa Noble said...

I have often thought of trying my hand at a Buche de Noel, but never have... maybe someday!
{love the mushrooms!}

podso said...

Such a nice pic of your sister in the previous post. My sister and I did not get along well as kids but we are quite close now that we are "grown up." The dessert looks so wonderful ... I love the mushrooms! What talent!

ellen b. said...

When my kids took French in high school they had a buche de noel assignments. Oye...I wish I would have taken photos! Yours looks delicious...

Elizabethd said...

Of course no household in France would dream of having 'Noel' without the traditional Buche. They were quite varied, but yours looks delicious.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That is one of the nicest logs I have seen on blogland so far...you have done a great job.

I bet it's delish.

Jen

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I would love to sample your 'Buche de Noel'. It looks delicious (and beautiful)!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your Buche de Noel looks gorgeous, Lorrie! I usually bake many differnet kinds cookies for Christmas. No baking tjis year since we are packing for our move, but I will be busy next year's holiday! :)

Cheryl said...

Now that looks scrumptious! A perfect Christmas Eve dessert if you ask me!

LaPouyette said...

WOW, Lorrie! This looks more than Yummy-Yummy!
My mouth gets "watering" just looking at your brilliant images!!!! Have to grab a piece of chocolate 'tout-de-suite'!
Best wishes for a lovely 3. Advent Sunday and warmest greetings,
karin

P.S. thank you so much, dear Lorrie, for still reading and visiting my blog and your comments. I do apologize for long absence in the blogworld!

Kit said...

Oh my does that ever look good! Lovely job! Kit

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

How lovely Lorrie and just what the French have at Christmas.
My daughter buys hers from a wonderful Patisserie in a town close by her village - hard to compete with the experts, although I'm sure she will make her own one day when the girls are older and she's not so busy!

It is extremely rich - only a tiny piece for me!!
Thank you for sharing your recipe, I'll pop over to read it now!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

How lovely Lorrie and just what the French have at Christmas.
My daughter buys hers from a wonderful Patisserie in a town close by her village - hard to compete with the experts, although I'm sure she will make her own one day when the girls are older and she's not so busy!

It is extremely rich - only a tiny piece for me!!
Thank you for sharing your recipe, I'll pop over to read it now!

materfamilias said...

That's a beautiful way to end your Christmas Eve -- fabulous! I usually put together a trifle in a glass bowl that shows off the layers. It's quite pretty, but nowhere near as spectacular as your bûche de Noel

Anneliese said...

Oh, so pretty! We enjoy a yeast bread wreath filled with nuts, dried fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Barbara said...

The mushrooms look so authentic. What fun.