Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I'm Bûched

Last week we had a big Christmas party for the group we're travelling to Paris with in January. Because we're going to France, I had to do some French holiday food, and what says French and Christmas better than a Bûche de Nöel. So, I've never made a Bûche de Nöel before, so I asked my French friend Marie-Laure, consulted the Internet, and Martha Stewart, and came up with this:

I used Martha's cake recipe, but then used my own chocolate custard as a filling, and my favorite chocolate buttercream for the frosting. I was pretty pleased not only with how it looked, but how it tasted. I'm not sure how authentic it was, but I was happy, and for anyone who knows me, my satisfaction with my baked goods is hard to come by. I was especially pleased with my marzipan mushrooms, which were molded like playdough and then painted with dark and white chocolate under the caps and then sculpted into gills with a toothpick. Oh yeah, and then they are lightly brushed with cacao powder to make them look "earthy." I have Martha to thank for that little exercise in anal-retentive torture. But they sure looked pretty.

And because I'm such a baking overachiever, I had to make my own chocolate dipped madelines...

...and apple almond tarts.

Like I said, after all that baking over achievement, I'm Bûched.


lara said...

The buche looks great! The mushrooms are very impressive!

Cha Cha Snow said...

You did it! It looks beautiful, hope it was fun!