As Christmas is coming in a few days, I wanted to make a Classic French Christmas Recipe.
The choice was easy: la Bûche de Noël (in English the Yule log) is a genuine French tradition.
It comes from a historical custom inherited from Middle Ages, when people use to burn a very big log in the fireplace. The log would burn for hours and hours during which people would enjoy Christmas around it.
With the years, the log became a quite famous tradition for Christmas and pastry chefs started creating desserts in the shape of a log. In France, each region has its own Christmas log.
For example, in Corsica, they make it with Chestnut. Today’s mine is flavoured with vanilla.
If you are looking for a nice French home-made dessert for this year, just go for this delicious Vanilla Christmas log. I promise, it is very easy to make.
You just have to make a biscuit and then roll it with the cream butter inside.The only difficulty is the sugar syrup, but if you miss it, the butter cream is still good enough 😉
For the finish, just add a few caramelised slivered almonds, and it is done!
Note that you must bake it at least one day in advance, because the Christmas log has to stay a whole night in the fridge (so the butter cream solidifies).
I took this recipe from a french cook book« cette année, je fais la bûche ! », by Valérie Drouet