Seeing the Forest for the Yule Logs

Adding the butter a tablespoon at a time…

That is my son, Jody.  He’s home from college and I am thrilled to share the kitchen with him.  I had a big week of cooking for a couple of parties and to prepare for the Walloomsac Farmers’ Market Holiday Market in Bennington this weekend.  There was a LOT of buttercream to prepare and it meant incorporating butter into 24 egg whites & sugar, one tablespoon at a time.  I really enjoyed having company and he was able to listen to his pod-casts while assisting.  It was a win-win situation as well as he admitted that the job was quite delicious.

Quality Control

I got the notion that in addition to the 25 fruit pies I was selling at the market, Buche de Noels would be festive to offer.  I get a kick out of making them once a year and they are also a feast for my eyes:  they are as whimsical as they are decadent.  I tuned in my Holiday Playlist and then pulled out the old “Joy of Cooking.”  I found my favorite recipe, tied on an apron and baked dark chocolate genoise layers, cooked simple syrup and assembled amazing ingredients into sinful buttercream.  I had a great time arranging and decorating lovely little logs to fill my kitchen and then my table at the market.

soaking the Genoise with a Vanilla Simple Syrup

6 pounds of butter later...

spreading the buttercream on the Genoise layer

roll 'em up, wrap 'em up, refrigerate 'em...

adding the melted chocolate to the buttercream

Turns out the tricky part was finding the proper containers for their transport.  They want to be handled quite carefully so as not to disturb the “bark” and little merengue mushrooms.  (By the way, making merengue mushrooms is equally enchanting.)  I decided that inserting a wax sheet of paper into the re-cycled spinach containers would make it easier for the customers to lift their desserts out with the least amount of destruction.  The customers’ reactions were positive, and so as I type, I hope that they are bringing as much joy and satisfaction to the tables in Bennington County as they brought to my kitchen this Advent Season.  

Que c'est délicieux!

a small forest of Buche de Noels

And, a final note is that this wonderful endeavor would not have happened had it not been for my hard-working flock of layer hens who, I am happy to report, are back at work after a 3.5 month vacation.  Salut aux poules!

The recession is over! Hard working hens back to work.

4 responses to “Seeing the Forest for the Yule Logs

    • Thanks, Pam! I wouldn’t say it was a huge success for my table, but it was moderately successful. And in this economy, we’ll take what we can get, right?! I did note quite a few smiles, though, when folks’ eyes lit upon the Buche de Noels, even if they weren’t buying!

  1. Tammy –
    Oh my – these are beautiful, charming – what great work – it is some sort of crime that you did not sell out… keep the pics and do a “made to order day”…

    • Thank you, Lucy. It was a surprise to me that they didn’t go. It was a weird market day, or so I thought. But anyway, Char has packaged them up beautifully as gifts for some special people and tomorrow we will be playing “Santa.” They freeze well, and that is where I put them after I got home on Saturday. Yes, perhaps next year we’ll have a pre-order sign-up. Great idea! Take care and thanks for the visit! :-)Tammy

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