Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gingerbread Buche de Noel—Tuesdays With Dorie—Baking Chez Moi

Gingerbread Buche de Noel

Wait—before the year is over, I must post about this Tuesdays With Dorie recipe we made in the group over Christmas!  I’m a little late on posting it.  The date was for the Tuesday before Christmas, but I wanted to make it for Christmas Eve, so didn’t get it posted—until now—all the sudden it’s New Year’s Eve!  I did make this for Christmas Eve and I must say, though it was a huge labor of love and there were many steps to follow, I have learned that with Dorie’s recipes, if I do just that—follow all directions, the recipes always turn out great.  That said, I followed all the steps perfectly, except I decided to try making it gluten free and used organic cane sugars. 

Gingerbread Buche de Noel, cut off ends

Oh, look, two skinny little ends cut off.  I had to taste them for quality control!

I had high hopes that since the cake only called for 3/4 cup of flour that changing it to a gluten free flour blend would probably be okay.  I was going to retype the recipe as I made it, but I really didn’t change anything except the flour (I happened to have some Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix, so that is what I used) and I used organic cane sugar and organic brown sugar.  All the many involved steps to the recipe were not changed at all.  And though I say it was a labor of love and there were what seemed like many steps involved, it was SO worth it.  I would certainly make this cake again for a special occasion.

The gingerbread flavor was not too strong, so I think this cake could be made year round.  And even if it was a strong ginger flavor, I would not be against making this in the summer if I really felt like it.  ; )

The cake roll worked perfectly—that’s always a worry that it will not roll up nicely.  This rolled perfectly with not even any cracking.  The filling is a nice cream cheese/butter filling that isn’t sweet at all and then the delicious egg white/sugar syrup frosting is a perfectly sweet addition to the cake.  Also loved the pecan praline crunch that was in the filling and on the top of the cake. 

TWD--Gingerbread Buche de NoelThis cake was my big holiday splurge and I won’t tell you how many pieces of it I ate (not all in one sitting).  I took the cake to a family Christmas Eve celebration and it was well liked by everyone who ate some of it.  Nice thing about those big family get-togethers—so many desserts that I was able to bring a little bit of the cake home to enjoy later.

Gingerbread Buche de Noel

I wish you all a wonderful, Happy New year!  Thanks for still sticking around here with me.  It’s almost been seven years since I started my blog and while I’m not in it for the fame and money, I love sharing with my readers the happiness I get from baking and sharing with all those around me.  While how often I blog has changed over the years and even the kinds of things I blog, I’m happy you’re still here.  I wish you all health and happiness in the new year!

You are in luck if you want this recipe, it can be found on the internet from some of the promotions done with Dorie’s new book.  You can find the recipe HERE.  I think you should just get Baking Chez Moi!  My link at the top for Tuesdays With Dorie has everyone else in the groups’ posts for their Buche de Noel cakes.  Check them out!  We’ll be starting the year out more healthy with some granola bars, coming soon! 



megan said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 brings you peace, love and all yummy things to eat :)

BTW - Jeff and I are engaged!!! Big Christmas morning surprise - I know I have your number somewhere so I'll text you the pic - it's incredible.

So happy to call you a friend, I hope you and the family have a wonderful, safe New Years Eve!!

Kathy said...

Very pretty Buche!! Your GF version came out perfect! A winner for sure! Everyone loved it!
Happy New Year, Katrina!

Anonymous said...

I made this to bring to a holiday party. The cake came out very , very dry. I ended up tossing it out and made some cupcakes to bring to the party. Very disappointing. I haven't had a major fail like that for a while. The praline was delicious, though, and I used that and a marscapone whipped cream topping for the cupcakes.

Katrina said...

Anon--that's too bad, but sounds like you had a good save for most of it. Wonder if you just overbaked the cake so it was dry? Those praline pecans were definitely delicious!

Teresa said...

I love that it worked so well gluten-free! It's beautiful.

Valerie said...

It's pretty! Happy New Year!

Cher Rockwell said...

It's nice to know that this cake adopted so easily to GF.
Looks lovely!

Margaret said...

Quality control is the best bit, isn't it? Mmm...cake! And your buche looks fabulous!