Monday, December 31, 2007

Buche De Noel

Buche de Noel - Meringue Mushroom Buche de Noel - Gome

This year we had a great Christmas meal of ham, salmon (for those who don't eat ham), scalloped potatoes and green beans. I was in charge of dessert, so I thought it would be fun to try a Buche de Noel. Having never made a jelly roll this project was a challenge from start to finish. I wound up making a chocolate Genoise, Barefoot Contessa's vanilla pastry cream and chocolate sour cream frosting. The challenge became greater when I realized I had no powered sugar for the frosting and it was Christmas. A quick search on the Internet and I found that you can "make" powdered sugar in the blender using 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 teaspoon cornstarch ground in a blender. It did in a pinch, but the frosting was a bit grainier than I would have liked. Maybe I didn't blend long enough? Anyway, I made some meringue mushrooms and a gnome out of fondant to finish it off. Next year, I may try an orange version like this.




Owen insisted he wanted the gnome. After he bit the head off, he turned a very unusual shade of green and that was the end for both of them.



MKHKK said...

Incredible gnome. So cute. I am so ready for all the eating to be done. Are you? LOL. We are having yet another gorge feast tonight.

Leeann said...

Get OUT!! You made that gnome? That is absolutely incredible! I have never even tried fondant. What does it taste like? I am guessing not so good. lol

Swing over to my blog before Friday. I am having a contest and I think you will want to check it out!

Hugs and take care of your pregnant self!


NAME: CIELO said...

Oh wow... I want some of that cake right now!

Have a wonderful day!


Sue said...

What an awsome cake. You are the best baker around! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you feel the VB tags will be OK.
Happy New Year to you and your darling family.

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Kari & Kijsa said...

The gnome is adorable!!! The cake...mmm.delicious looking too!!! Happy New Year!

kari & kijsa

Thimbleanna said...

What a beautiful cake. Your gnome is awesome!