French Market Recipe 2023 43 Buche de Noel Christmas Log

Published on: 3 December 2023
French Market Recipe 2023 43
Buche de Noel
Christmas LogIngredients   
Sponge cake

  • 100gr fine sugar
  • 250gr flour
  • 8 eggs


Directions to make the sponge cake

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Sift the flour
  3. Separate 6 eggs – keeping the egg yolks on one side
  4. Whisk the 6 eggs whites until stiff
  5. Whisk together 2 whole eggs, 6 egg yolks and the sugar until very frothy.
  6. Beat in the flour until fully blended in
  7. Fold in the stiff egg whites, lifting mixture high as you do this
  8. Line a baking tray with baking paper or thick greaseproof paper
  9. Layer the cake mixture across the tray to a bit more than ½ cm thickness
  10. Place the cake mixture in the oven and bake for 8 minutes
  11. Place a clean dish cloth on a flat surface
  12. Remove the cake from the oven and turn out carefully onto the clean cloth
  13. Remove the baking paper and carefully roll up the cake in the cloth length ways, like a swiss roll, allow to cool

Directions to make the filling

  1. Cut soft butter into small pieces
  2. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes, allow to cool
  3. Separate the eggs and whisk together the 6 egg yolks
  4. Slowly drizzle in the syrup to the yolks, whisking all the time
  5. Add the butter in bit by bit to egg mixture, whisking all the time
  6. Whisk in the cognac slowly

Preparing the buche:

  1. Carefully unroll the sponge cake
  2. Spread some of the butter cream filling across the surface
  3. Roll up the cake and cover the outside with the rest of the cream
  4. Use a fork to make ridged lines the length of the cake to look like the outside of a log
  5. Slice each end at an angle to look like a cut log
  6. Finely dust the outsideof a log with cocoa powder
  7. Decorate the log with marzipan treats shaped like mushrooms or little birds or animals

Serve with a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne from the French Market shop in Cape Town or order online with us.

Bon Appétit  
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