23 December, 2007

yule log

I did it! My very first Daring Bakers challenge and I finished (just in time too!)


(The picture is awful, but it's the best I can do right now. When baby demands my attentions, I must obey. He's currently clawing my hands as I type.)

Anyhow, my alterations to the recipe were:
-creme de cacao instead of the rum
-I ran out of granulated sugar after the 1st 1/4 cup (I know!) so I subbed brown sugar, cutting the amount down by about 1/4 total.
-cocoa powder in all the components
-stemless mushrooms (my stems just went funny looking, so I went with a lichen type arrangement.)
-The buttercream finally thickened up, but I had to whip it like a meringue. No curdling though! hurray! I also melted the butter before adding it. Worked out very well for me.

I had fun doing this, and I think I'll do it again, but we'll see what the relatives think on the 25th. :)

13 comments:

Julius said...

Creme de cacao sounds wonderful!

Your bûche de Noël looks great.

Julius from Occasional Baker

Susan said...

Congratulations on a successful first challenge, it looks great!

michelle said...

Ooh. Creme de cacao... sounds amazing!

Tartelette said...

Great job on the challenge Nava! Hope everybody likes it.
Happy Holidays!

Lunch Buckets said...

Congratulations on your first DB success. PS - some buttercream in bowl might buy you some time with the kid :)

Aamena said...

congrats! i know how demanding baby's are!

Aamena said...

and oh yes, Merry Christmas!

Claire said...

HA!! I ran out of sugar as well but stopped the process to go get more. I thought about using brown sugar, but wanted to be purist about this thing. Great job! Hope your Christmas with that baby is wonderful.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job finishing your first DB challenge! Hope everyone in your family was pleased!

Deborah said...

Wonderful job on your first challenge!

Dolores said...

Congratulations on your first challenge, and welcome to the madness! I hope you found joy and peace in your holiday celebrations, and that 2008 brings you and your family nothing but the best.

Quellia said...

Babies always come before cakes, so I understand!
Nice work.

Jen Yu said...

Oh, I think it looks terrific even with a kid clawing at you while you photograph :) Awesome job. You are really resourceful subbing brown sugar because I would have been a wreck ;) Great job!!

jen at use real butter