Came into a bar.
I swear the title sounds like something from a bad joke.
I am a little behind with regard to posting. I made the Chocolate-Mint Nightcaps (Baking With Julia, page 309) for my husband to take to work, and I actually made them on time. I ended up making the Gingerbread Buche de Noel (Baking Chez Moi, page 86) for Christmas.
For the nightcaps, I ended up not putting the cap on them because 1) transport would be difficult and 2) piped brown icing ALWAYS looks like poop.
I am sorry. It really does, and I know I wasn’t the only one thinking it. But I might have been the only one that typed it 🙂
The cookies actually turned out really good. I think I would have preferred a peppermint oil or extract in the chocolate ganache instead of boiling mint leaves in cream. It was one of those, what is that interesting flavor and it is throwing me off because I was expecting chocolate and not mint leaf flavor. I ended up rolling the edges in some chocolate sprinkles that I had left over. I should have rolled them in crushed up candy canes, but then I would have had to smash candy canes. That would have alerted the villagers that mommy was making cookies and had the chocolate out.
The Gingerbread Buche de Noel surprised me at how many steps there were. I have made rolled cakes before and this is the first time that I have had to pre-roll the cake while warm. I was happy when the cake plopped right out of the pan and onto the powdered sugared towel. I didn’t expect it to be that easy and it rolled nicely too. With regard to the actual recipe, I was surprised there was no sugar in the filling so I added about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to sweeten it a bit. For the icing it threw me off 1) that I was making an Italian Meringue and 2) there was cream of tartar in it. I usually make an Italian Buttercream for the outside of my Buche de Noel’s anyways. Well I followed the directions, and I didn’t like the icing. I LOVE meringues so I am thinking it was the addition of the cream of tartar that just made it taste off. So when I eat the gingerbread cake, I just scrap the icing off the outside and I am good 🙂