The first selected recipe for December was the gingerbread Bûche de Noël and I was ecstatic that there were so many how-to videos popping up just in time! Dorie Greenspan made this cake with Melissa Clark of the New York Times and you can get the recipe and watch the video right here. You can also get it and all the other wonderful recipes we’ll be baking, by picking up Baking Chez Moi. 🙂
I made this cake for a holiday party that we had at our home and was grateful that making the filling and praline could be done ahead of time. The morning of the party, I made the cake and needed two attempts. The first attempt was undercooked. Initially I thought it would be ok but after dusting it with confectioners sugar and letting it reach room temperature it was a soggy mess. To the garbage it went! 2nd attempt was sublime! Again, I was really grateful for the step by step video. Being able to pause and watch on my iPad while baking gave me a huge advantage to making this successfully!
The recipe did end up making a lot more frosting than what was needed and I was surprised at how long it took to make, (it took much longer than the 10 minutes advised for the sugar to reach the desired temperature) but boy was it amazing! I was really, really excited to finish this cake off and then see how incredible it looked when sliced. I think the next time I want to make this special Yule Log I might try this recipe (chestnut mousse!!!).