"Bûche de Noël" is a traditional dessert served during the Christmas holidays in France, Belgium, Quebec, Lebanon and several other Christian-populated francophone countries as well as in the UK. As the name indicates, the cake is generally prepared, presented, and garnished so as to look like a log ready for the fire.

 

Ingredients :

1/2 + 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
8 eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup chocolate
vanilla extract
coffee extract
   

 

Preparation :

1. In a mixer, beat 4 eggs with 1/2 cup sugar and floor, until they are very thick. Add 1 egg and continue beating for few minutes. In a clean mixing bowl, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gently fold a small amount of the egg whites into the egg-sugar-flour mixture using a rubber spatula or whisk to lighten the batter.

2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan with an offset spatula. Bake the cake 20 minutes (350°F). Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Cover the cake with a clean, slightly damp towel.

3. Now, do the cream : In a large mixing bowl place 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Stir to combine. Add it to 3 egg yolks. Beat the mixture until it cools. Add 1 cup butter to this cream. Add coffee extract to half of this mixture, and add 1 cup of melt chocolate to the other half.

4. Once the cake has cooled, spread with the coffee cream and gently roll the cake, peeling off the parchment paper as you roll.

5. Cut off the ends at an angle. Then, spread the cake with the chocolate cream, and, using a fork, trace irregular lines in the frosting to give it a woody effect.