An Excerpt from Stirring the Senses ~ "Merry Christmas to all and to all a Fine Feast! "
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Yule recipes~The Easiest Bouche Noel....


Last  August when I posted the article about my birthday cake, many of you asked for the recipe. I broke out my copy of The Settlement Cookbook (much more legible than my mothers as the Aunt who gave it to me did not bake!) so that I could share it with you!

If you're not baking it as a birthday cake it makes a fabulous Bouche Noel at Yule time. Just bake a couple of them in varying sizes and cut different pieces to look like tree branches . Cover with frosting , drag a fork across it to make the frosting look like bark and decorate with powdered sugar , meringue mushrooms, sugared violets, sugared chestnuts,crystallized ginger and other bits of confectionary flora and fauna!

This yummy dessert is called a Cocoa Roll and it's relatively simple to make and completely wonderful to eat! 

You'll need:
5 Eggs Separated
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa
1/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of whipping cream
Confectioners sugar

Beat the yolks slightly, add sugar and beat very well. Add the cocoa, flour and vanilla and lastly fold in the whites, beaten stiff. Grease a 10/16 shallow pan well. Spread the batter into the pan and let bake 10-15 minutes in a moderately hot oven at 350 degrees F. Turn out onto towel sprinkled with confectioners sugar, roll while hot and cover with a damp cloth. Let cool and before serving unroll, spread with sweetened whipped cream or with ice cream and roll over to form a roll. Place on platter, cover with fudge frosting and serve in slices. 

Fudge Frosting
1 and a half cups of sugar
2 ounces of bitter chocolate
1/2 a cup of cream
2 tablespoons of butter
Melt chocolate over a slow fire and add cream and sugar, boil until a few drops form a soft ball in cold water. Add butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Let stand undisturbed for a few minutes, then beat until cool enough to spread. If too thick, stir in a little more cream. 


Photograph courtesy of Viking Range


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