Once again I used the recipe from Nigella's wonderful Christmas, and was again delighted with the results. I am determined to make more roulades in 2013, now I have got over my initial fear and have found that the cake turns out perfectly.
As it doesn't contain cream, this cake keeps happily for several days (in theory - though with three men and a hungry 6 year old it rapidly disappeared in my house!). It is therefore a good make ahead pudding for Christmas or the New Year.
Next year I'm baking the Buche de Noel a day or two early, and if it's gone by Christmas it won't really be a problem, as we always have a Christmas Pudding and a Trifle as well!
I'm going to link this to the Forever Nigella 21, Christmas 2012, blogging event. This month's event is being hosted by Laura Loves Cake, you can find a link to her blog here, and of course, the concept was thought up by Sarah at Maison Cupcake, here is the link to her blog.
Sarah has suggested I link this to Jen's Blog, Blue Kitchen Bakes, where she runs Classic French Challenge, and this month she is looking for Buche de Noel, so I'm sneaking this post in at the last minute. I hope you like it Jen.
|I needed to make two branches, to fit the log onto the cake|
|This is last year's log, which was slightly more 3-D,|
I'm not sure which I prefer.
What do you think?
|I used Ndali fairtrade vanilla and fabulous|
|It really enhanced the flavour of the cake|
|My K-Mix whisked the eggs to perfection|
|The cake was light and fluffy|
|Adding the butter cream, before I rolled the cake|