I know this looks nothing like a Buche de Noel . And quite frankly today I don't care. I don't know why I thought I could complete this month's challenge. I'm packing to move, I'm lunching out every day, dinner out every night this week. Tomorrow I have breakfast, lunch and dinner out. Today I scheduled a free day to make my Buche de Noel and also to give my body a rest from the wine.
The sponge was in the oven, I started on the coffee cream...oops ...not enough butter...run next door to the neighbour to borrow butter.... offer to share dessert with them tonight....ooops....there goes my plan for a wine free day.......butter cream curdles...I know..... I didn't heat the eggs whites high enough as the recipe said... put it in the fridge to harden up a bit......cup of tea and a sit down...... cream now hard but still curdled....throw in some flour that should fix it....it does and surprise surprise you can't taste the flour....oh sh*t not enough eggs for meringue mushrooms.... I can use those very expensive griottines...perhaps they will look like toadstools....no they don't....reread the instructions...you MUST decorate with either meringue mushrooms or marzipan mushrooms..... oh damn, just take a photo and make it blurry.....at least every one can see you tried....anyway when this comes out I'll be lying on an island in the sun and I won't care.
Thank you Ivonne and Lis , hosts for this month and also the founders of the Daring Bakers - check out their Yule logs . Please don't send me to stand in the corner for not completing the challenge. I promise to do better next month.......if my possessions have arrived at my new home in Australia.
UPDATE: The neighbours enjoyed it, Bryan loved it, a bit rich for me, too sweet for Michael and he thinks the butter taste is too strong. It paired nicely with a Yering Station Late Harvest Pinot Gris. Looks like Bryan will be eating the leftovers for lunch today while I'm out.