December 24, 2011

Kids Cooking Class: Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

Bûche de Noël is a traditional Christmas dessert in France. The word itself translates as "Christmas Log" and is meant to look like a piece of wood ready for fire used in the ancient fire-festival of the winter solstice.

Today my excellent Sous-Chef, 6-year-old daughter, tested this recipe. The traditional Bûche tastes great, and this easy version, too!

Bûche de Noël 
1 Swiss roll (see a note below)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Sprinkles, French macaroons and powdered sugar for decoration

In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream, cocoa powder and chocolate syrup until peaks form.

Cut an edge of the Swiss roll on diagonal and attach on top.

Spread the cream all over. Draw fork along length to form bark design.

Decorate with sprinkles, French macaroons and powdered sugar.

Some stores such as Noble Fish and QQ Cafe & Bakery carry Swiss rolls.