Phew! That was close! I´m barely managing to get my Yule log (also known as Buche de Noel in French and Brazo Gitano in Spanish) done in time for posting… in fact, at this point, I haven´t even tried it, I just know it looks pretty, I´ll tell you if it tastes good later tonight.
I´m delighted I got to make the recipe because it´s a great example of what the Daring Bakers are all about. I mean, there was no other way I would be piping meringue to make mushrooms… oh yeah, those mushrooms you see there are literally handmade, and I love them, in fact, they might be my favorite part out of the whole challenge, even though they do require a bit of extra patience. But I just can´t get over their cuteness, so they are worth the meringue-sticky-Marce they created.
For the filling, instead of using the same buttercream used for the frosting, I halved the frosting recipe and went with a simple combination of whipped cream and fresh cherries for the filling because yep, it´s summer around here la la la la la la 😛 But I´m a bit worried about how the cherry flavor will work with the coffee in the buttercream because the coffee flavor was more pronounced than what I had originally thought… hopefully, it´ll mellow out in combination with the other elements.
So all in all, I think the recipe isn´t too complicated at all, and it´s one of those things that are bound to impress a few people if you bring it to a dinner party. And of course, if you decide to go lazy and don´t want to tackle the whole thing, just do the mushrooms! They might not be magic in a trip-inducing sort of way, but they sure look pretty!
For the full recipe, visit Ivonne´s blog (our other host and Daring Baker mom, Lis, should have her post up soon), and for hundreds of other takes on the Yule log, check out the Daring Bakers blogroll, you are bound to be impressed.