We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $24,070 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Buche de Noel

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons breakfast cocoa (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup pancake mix
  • confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup extra fine (instant) sugar
  • Mocha Butter Cream (see recipe)
  • Details

  • Serves: 12
  • Yield: 1 log
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: • • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin:

Also Called: Christmas Log

The Buche de Noel is a French tradition that has spread to many countries. This is also known as the "Christmas log."

DIRECTIONS

Grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 10 x 15 x 1 inches; line with wax paper; grease paper thoroughly. Add salt to eggs; beat until thick and lemon-colored. Combine sugar and cocoa; add gradually to eggs, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and pancake mix; beat until smooth (batter is quite thin).

Spread evenly in pan; bake at 400° for 12 minutes.

Sprinkle dry tea towel generously with confectioners' sugar. Loosen edges of cake; turn out on towel; peel off wax paper; roll cake up in towel; let stand 20 minutes. Meanwhile, whip cream with fine sugar.

Unroll cake; spread thinly with some of the Mocha Butter Cream; then with whipped cream; roll up.

Frost with remaining Mocha Butter Cream (see recipe); mark with spatula to resemble bark. Cut off a thin slice; reroll to resemble stumps of cut-off branches; place on top. Decorate with vine and leaves made with green icing; sprinkle here and there with flaked coconut to resemble snow and chopped pistachio nuts to resemble moss. Chill or freeze until ready to serve. Makes 12 servings.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines 6 hours ago
A More Militant Church? 7 hours ago
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops 7 hours ago
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot 10 hours ago
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? 13 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21