bûche de Noël

bûche de Noël [boosh de no ehl] noun

A classic French Christmas dessert, occasionally referred to as a yule log in the U.S. This dessert looks like a log, hence its name. The exterior is traditionally dark chocolate frosting or ganache, which is raked with a decorator comb or fork to mimic bark. Its interior can be any flavor but is classically comprised of a thin cake rolled around a filling, mimicking the rings of a tree, which are showcased once the cake is cut. Popular flavors of bûche de Noël include chestnut, chocolate and mocha, but really any flavors can be used.


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Traditional decorations can be elaborate and include any of the following: meringue mushroom cookies, marzipan mushrooms, frosting or marzipan holly leaves and berries. Even woodland creatures made from marzipan might appear on a platter with a bûche de Noël. A dusting of confectioners’ sugar mimicking snow helps complete the scene.

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