My dear son had to make a “Bûche de Noël” for his French class Monday night. (That’s a Yule Log in English.) The teacher told him that she would be judging best looking and best tasting among the entries.
“Game On!” My son and I said to each other. “Yule log throw down!”
I read through several recipes on the internet. Some were way too complicated and time consuming. Some called for ingredients that I couldn’t find (who sells “chestnut paste?!”). Some he nixed because he doesn’t like nuts or strong coffee flavor (tiramisu).
In the end I made an executive decision: we were going to make a yule log that:
- called for ingredients we had on hand and
- looked easy.
I still had to make a run to the store midway through, and the so-called “easy” recipe took FOUR HOURS!
We used a Better Homes and Gardens recipe for Mocha Buche de Noel. Then he wanted to make meringue mushrooms and a meringue snowman, (that’s why I had to go to the store-for more powdered sugar) so we made those, too. We were in it to win it!
I have to admit, the cake looked awesome. I tossed a handful of dried cranberries in sugar and scattered them around, then cut a few sprigs of rosemary off my bush and we leaned them up against the log.
(The photo is fuzzy because I started drinking wine early on.)
It really was worth all the work…. he won best looking! And we had a lot of fun making it. I suggested we make it a holiday tradition to make yule logs and he agreed.
I cut off a small piece for us to try, and G and I ate it last night. I don’t know if it was because it sat uncovered in the fridge for several hours, but it didn’t taste very good. It was kind of chewy.
On second thought, we’re not going to make it a holiday tradition.