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!
The Buche de Noel before being covered in chocolate! See how to make it……….
Warming the creme fraiche and butter
Adding the chocolate to the hot creme fraiche/butter mixture
Mixing and melting creme fraiche, chocolate and butter
Whisking the eggs yolks, flour, lemon zest and juice
Gently folding in the whisked egg whites with the flour/lemon mixture
Spreading the chestnut creme onto the buche de Noel
Creating the form of the Buche de Noel
Gorgeous chestnut creme and one end of the buche de Noel
Covering the buche de Noel with chocolate
Creating the yule log look with a fork…..
la chef de patisserie -Yolande, Mercie Beaucoup et Joyeux Noel!