Buche de Noel is basically a Roulade that you make to look like a log in the forest at Christmas time. It consists of a light egg sponge (usually chocolate because logs are brown) and filled with the mouse or pudding flavor of choice. It's then rolled up with a spiral of goodness inside. You top it with frosting or chocolate and decorate it like a fallen log on a winter journey to a friend's house. It's fairly simple to make, it just requires 3 things. A thin egg cake, a pudding or mouse and chocolate decorations.The following is my simplified version. It was really fun to eat and give to friends, as I made 3!
This one is grain and dairy free!
2 cup Macadamia nut milk (vanilla)
1/3 cup Rice flour
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2/3 cup Dark Chocolate chips
4 drops stevia
1/3 cup Agave, Honey or coconut sugar
2 Tbs. Cocoa powder (dutch process)
Optional: Peppermint extract 6 drops
6 Egg whites
6 Egg yolks
1/2 cup Coconut sugar
1/3 cup Cocoa powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
4 drops Stevia
1/4 tsp. Salt
Little oil for parchment paper baking
Make the pudding first as it needs to cool. Prebake Oven to 375.
Whisk all the ingredients over low heat until it becomes pudding thick. Place in a bowl and put in the fridge to cool. stir occasionally if you like to not let a skin form. No big deal if it does though. There's plenty of pudding left over. In fact you could make 2 logs with this amount of filling. (Nice to have pudding around for a snack with fresh fruit).
Melt some chocolate chips and cover the log. Make bark-like indents so it looks like a fallen tree. You can also cover marshmallows or nuts with the chocolate for ground cover and texture. I used peanuts and coconut sugar for earth and sprigs of greens and rosemary for that outdoor feel.
Finally dust with powdered sugar for a snowy effect if you like.