Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Gingerbread Buche de Noel

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi was chosen with the holidays in mind. A flavourful twist on the classic Bûche de Noël, this version starts with a gingerbread-spiced sponge roll and is filled with a tasty cream cheese filling, then coated with a fluffy marshmallow frosting and topped with some pecan praline toffee bits. Sounds complicated, huh? Well actually, it’s not so difficult. A lot of steps but none of them complicated, just a little time consuming and requiring some advance planning.

Dorie Greenspan gingerbread bûche de Noël from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comI made this for a Sunday dinner (! as you do!) for three of us, so I halved the recipe and used a 1/4 sheet pan – it worked perfectly.  The sponge cake was simple to make – the rolling is the part where you might mess up but (ssh!) here’s a secret – the frosting will cover a multitude of sins!

Dorie Greenspan gingerbread bûche de Noël for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comI didn’t make Dorie’s pecan praline because I had some toffee bits leftover from Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake that worked a treat…

Cross section of Dorie Greenspan gingerbread bûche de Noël on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe cream cheese filling was a lovely tangy addition (although I didn’t quite add enough of the praline according to my taste testers!) but we all found it a little too hard. The frosting is so lovely and fluffy and the cake is so soft – you expect the filling to melt in your mouth too. Perhaps ours was a little cold from the fridge (though it had been brought out to room temperature) but we all decided it needed something lighter and softer in the centre. I might add a little cream next time to lighten up the texture…

Slice of Dorie Greenspan gingerbread bûche de Noël on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn any case, no-one complained and as the cake sat on the table and we chatted, you couldn’t help but cut “just another sliver” 😉 You know – that type of cake!

Dorie Greenspan gingerbread bûche de Noël from Baking Chez Moi for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe marshmallow frosting was a fabulous addition (although – beware – I made 1/2 the quantity and still had enough left for  a second cake so if you are making the full quantity, you might want to try making just 1/2 the frosting) – it’s one of those frostings that make you want to lick the spatula (and clean the bowl with the spatula!).

Overall I was pretty happy with my first ever (!) attempt at a Yule Log. Would I make it again? Indeed I would. Would I attempt something more traditional? Yes I would. A bûche is a lovely addition to any holiday table (and it is easier to make than it looks – always a bonus when entertaining!).

Get Dorie’s recipe for the Gingerbread Büche de Noël  on NPR or on page 86 of Baking Chez Moi.

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Tuesdays with Dorie participants don’t publish the recipes on our blogs, so you’re encouraged to purchase Baking Chez Moi for yourself which you can do on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store in your country) or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking our way through the book!




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39 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Gingerbread Buche de Noel

  1. Liz December 23, 2014 at 06:40 #

    Sounds divine! Hope to get back to baking from BCM after the holidays!!! Merry Christmas, Mardi!

  2. Adriana December 23, 2014 at 06:41 #

    I had SO MUCH meringue leftover using the whole recipe. I didn’t have much problems with my cream cheese spread, but we also liked the contrast in the texture with the soft sponge cake. The toffee bits look delicious!

    Joyeux Nöel, Mardi and Mr. Neil!

  3. Cher December 23, 2014 at 07:28 #

    Very pretty 🙂

    I decided to make this for Christmas dessert, so I am not going to do my planned “Mardi minify”. I will definitely keep the frosting volume in mind…

    Merry Christmas, my friend (and Mr. Neil).

  4. Brandee H December 23, 2014 at 08:40 #

    I would love to win this because I am at a loss when I bake! I need some instruction and inspiration!

  5. Brandee H December 23, 2014 at 08:42 #

    Tweeted: https://mobile.twitter.com/Brandeelh7/status/547351481343807488

  6. Katie December 23, 2014 at 09:10 #

    Beautiful! Yours had a lot more filling than mine–I think mine was spread much thinner for whatever reason. The point is that I can see how the filling needed to be cut with some cream as it was on the borderline for us. Merry Christmas and good travels!

  7. Zosia December 23, 2014 at 12:27 #

    Very pretty, especially with the toffee bits. I like the idea of lightening the filling with some cream (though I had a much thinner layer of it) and I’ll definitely make only a half batch of frosting next time since even 3/4 recipe was too much.

  8. Diane Zwang December 23, 2014 at 13:10 #

    Thanks for the advice about the frosting. I did make a half recipe and that was perfect. I agree with you and your guests about the filling, it was a bit too rich and not light. It is an impressive show stopper cake. Happy Holidays.

  9. Chris December 23, 2014 at 13:34 #

    One of the many great things about a roulade is that those pesky little cracks get hidden with filling and frosting, and no one is the wiser. Nor would anyone care when the cake is as good as this one. Your cake is beautiful, and it’s nice to know that it can be successfully done as a half-recipe.

  10. Geoff December 23, 2014 at 16:58 #

    It looked nice, Mardi and, by the descriptors, it sounded delicious.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and all your followers.
    Looking forward to 2015.

  11. Rachelle December 23, 2014 at 18:29 #

    It looks delicious! I love all the possibilities that can change up the flavor and have a new dessert each time.
    I am not Canadian (actually I have more Canadian history in my blood line than US) so if that counts and I happen to win I will gift the lovely book to a Canadian friend who I love to bake with.
    Happy Holidays!

  12. Tammy December 23, 2014 at 19:03 #

    Lovely cake … it does make quite a large cake, but I absolutely used every last bit of the ample frosting! 🙂

  13. Stephanie December 23, 2014 at 20:58 #

    I’d love a copy of this because I bake all the time. It makes people happy and honestly I also love the challenge of recreating recipes to look and taste exactly as they should.

  14. Domenica December 23, 2014 at 23:05 #

    We’ll, if this book has a recipe for macarons…….then this book is for me! My third time trying to make them and well, I give myself an A for effort, a B for taste but a C for the presentation. HELP!

  15. Christine December 24, 2014 at 11:03 #

    Your “Bûche de Noël” looked lovely. Will Mr. Neil be bringing in a “sampling tray” in the New Year? 😉

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  16. Leah December 25, 2014 at 22:46 #

    Your cake looks wonderful! So neatly rolled and delicate. Love it!

  17. Andrea Amy December 26, 2014 at 18:22 #

    I would love to win because I’m always looking for new recipes for my family 🙂

  18. Andrea Amy December 26, 2014 at 18:24 #

    I tweeted 🙂

  19. Margaret December 27, 2014 at 12:30 #

    It was a fun cake, wasn’t it. I think I would make a sweeter filling next time as well. Great Job!!

  20. Amber Y December 27, 2014 at 18:42 #

    I’d love to win a copy because i love trying out new recipes. We do a family dinner every sunday and I try to bring a new/different dessert or two every week.

  21. Amber Y December 27, 2014 at 18:42 #



  22. Peggy the Baker December 28, 2014 at 12:29 #

    Your bûche is beautiful! I had fun making this, and while most people commented that there was too much frosting, I ended up using the extra to top off my hot chocolate. Delicious!

  23. steph (whisk/spoon) December 28, 2014 at 16:01 #

    such a cute little buche! and I like your idea of lightening up the filling with some cream.

  24. Tracey December 30, 2014 at 00:03 #

    I would like to win a copy of Baking Chez Moi for some baking inspiration.

  25. Cher December 30, 2014 at 20:48 #

    So pretty, Mardi.
    This cake had me doubting my baking prowess (sponge cakes and I are not BFF), but I was glad to have checked it off my list. I probably won’t make the cake again, but the frosting and praline will appear for sure!

    Happy New Year!

  26. Gracie ~ Food Fascination December 31, 2014 at 00:37 #

    Lovely! I need to half the recipe next time too. I ended up giving half to my Aunt for Christmas.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  27. Joy December 31, 2014 at 09:37 #

    I love cookbooks – this one looks fabulous!

  28. Joy December 31, 2014 at 09:38 #

    https://twitter.com/Jemrah1/status/550299828925005824 – I tweeted 🙂

  29. Charlene A. December 31, 2014 at 09:41 #

    I tweeted about the contest (@charlalotta).

  30. Charlene A. December 31, 2014 at 09:42 #

    I tweeted!

  31. Charlene A. December 31, 2014 at 09:43 #

    I’d like to win this cookbook because I own few books for baking. It looks like a great addition to have in my cookbook library.

  32. Heather December 31, 2014 at 09:57 #

    I would love to win this book! I need to step up my baking game and learn new recipes.

  33. maria December 31, 2014 at 21:38 #

    I’m just getting into baking so could use help!

  34. maria December 31, 2014 at 21:38 #

    Tweeted @spazss

  35. Carlene January 1, 2015 at 23:18 #

    I took mine to work so it disappeared quickly, but I really like your mini idea!

  36. Foodelf January 2, 2015 at 16:31 #

    I’ve got a collection of Dorie books that I constantly refer to – to win this would be fantastic.

    Dorie’s friendly and accessible approach to baking and cooking makes her recipes a pleasure to use.

    Dories pastry recipes are particularly good and she explains everything so well.

    Please pick me…


  37. Mary January 4, 2015 at 12:42 #

    I’d love to own a copy of this book. The recipes not only look divine,,they appear to be challenging–but doable! Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Mary January 4, 2015 at 12:43 #

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/nonna_mahoo/status/551796025825193984

  39. Teresa January 4, 2015 at 21:45 #

    Yours turned out beautifully! I’m glad to know it works to halve the recipe. I had a lot more marshmallow icing leftover. It made me think that if I ever want to use it for a layer cake, it will be the perfect amount.

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