How to make a French Christmas Cake – ‘Bûche de Noël’ a Christmas yule log

Our lovely friend and neighbour Yolande, showed us how to make the traditional French Christmas cake – ‘Bûche de Noël’, named because it resembles a yule log. Before central heating, when local country people went to church on Christmas Eve they would put a big log on the fire to keep it going on their return……..it was a really enjoyable morning, thank you Yolande!

Buche de Noel before being covered in chocolate!

The Buche de Noel before being covered in chocolate! See how to make it……….

Warming the creme fraiche and butter

Warming the creme fraiche and butter

Adding the chocolate to the hot creme fraiche/butter mixture

Adding the chocolate to the hot creme fraiche/butter mixture

Mixing and melting creme fraiche, chocolate and butter

Mixing and melting creme fraiche, chocolate and butter

Whisking the eggs yolks, flour, lemon zest and juice

Whisking the eggs yolks, flour, lemon zest and juice

Folding in the whisked egg whites with the other mixture

Gently folding in the whisked egg whites with the flour/lemon mixture

Spreading the chestnut creme onto the swiss roll

Spreading the chestnut creme onto the buche de Noel

Creating the swiss roll, or Buche de Noel

Creating the form of the Buche de Noel

Gorgeous chestnut creme

Gorgeous chestnut creme and one end of the buche de Noel

Covering the buche de Noel with chocolate

Covering the buche de Noel with chocolate

Creating the yule log look with a fork…..

Creating the yule log look with a fork…..

al chef de patisserie -Yolande, Mercie Beaucoup!

la chef de patisserie -Yolande, Mercie Beaucoup et Joyeux Noel!

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2 thoughts on “How to make a French Christmas Cake – ‘Bûche de Noël’ a Christmas yule log

  1. Looks yummy but they are very rich and about 50,000 calories a slice! However, it is Christmas…Great that Yolande makes her own. Normally, people just buy one from the boulangerie.

  2. Pingback: Tronco o Rotolo alla Nutella. Yule or Christmas Log. Bûche de Noël. | Chocolate Spoon & The Camera

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