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buche de noel 2011: happy holidays!

No recipe, just words and pictures today.

What began as a high school french class extra credit project is now an annual holiday tradition. Every year we make a version of the classic french Buche de Noel, slightly different each time. This year we went with meringue mushrooms inspired by a Serious Eats post and worked off that with a little pecan dust (for leaves/mulch) and dehydrated coconut dyed with green and black food color paste. 

Thanks to everyone this year who found this blog, liked my stuff, commented, or otherwise made a little place for me in your heart. It’s been fun hearing from you and trying to think of new things to make each week. I wish all of you the best for the rest of the year and a very happy start to the new one. See you in a few days!


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  • Reply jessica December 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    this is lovely. i’ve always wanted to make a buche de noel but we never host christmas and it seems like it might not survive a 4 hour car trip.

    • Reply shannon December 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      why thank you! you know, if you ever want to attempt it, do what we sometimes do and frost your cake/log ahead of time (either in the morning or the night before you serve it). then wrap and take it along just like you would a regular cake, only bring along your decorations and decorate when you get to your christmas celebration. and hey, bonus: everyone can get in on the buche-decorating action.

  • Reply Melanie December 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Just saw this. BEAUTIFUL.

    • Reply shannon December 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

      aw, thank you, Melanie! we have so much fun with our annual buche de noel, and last year was the first year i had a blog to show it off with. 🙂 we try to make it at least a little different each year, and i don’t know what our official plans are for this coming holiday. no matter what, it’s always a great time to put together. 🙂

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