The French prepare their Yule Log in cake, meringues and buttercream frosting and take warmth from the delicious taste of Bûche de Nöel, an outstanding pastry confection. Joyeaux Noël!
- 1 Cup cake flour, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1/4 Cup water
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 Cup cream of tartar
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- cocoa, powdered
- 1 Cup butter, sweet - softened
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon espresso, powdered
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 3 Cups sugar, confectioners, sifted
- marzipan cranberries
- sprigs of rosemary
- Grease a jelly roll baking sheet. Line with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper.
- Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs at high speed about 5 to 10 minutes. Add sugar by tablespoonfuls. Continue beating until the butter is very thick. Then add lemon juice and water. Fold in dry ingredients in four stages, 1/4 cup at a time. Spread evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes or until the sponge springs back when tested. Sift powdered sugar onto the sponge. Turn cake out onto a clean tea towel. Remove parchment paper. Trim edges of the sponge if they are crispy. Roll up gently, leaving towel inside, while still warm. Let cool.
- Beat egg whites, and when foamy add the cream of tartar. When soft peaks form, gradually beat in the sugar. Beat until meringue is stiff and glossy.
- Pipe meringue through a pastry bag, making and equal number of stems and caps to resemble small mushrooms.
- Bake mushroom pieces at 250 degrees F. about 45 minutes. When cool, glue them together with butter cream icing and dust lightly with cocoa in a fine strainer.
- Beat egg yolks and butter together until smooth. Add coffee and milk. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.
- Unroll cooled sponge, remove towel, spread cake with buttercream frosting. Roll up. Cut off a 2-inch slice, at a diagonal. This is the tree stump. Frost the outside, then add the stump and frost. Add the mushrooms. Dust the whole cake very lightly with powdered sugar, to simulate snow.
- Optionally, add marzipan cranberries. Garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary, to represent boughs of evergreens.
- Keep in refrigerator. Remove rosemary before cutting with serrated knife.
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