December 23, 2007

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!


I have a confession to make.

John usually helps me with my Daring Baker challenges. Sometimes more than just a little bit. But with this month's buche de noel he took the lead.

The light, airy genoise? I sifted the flour and the cornstarch together. The rest of the effort was John's.

The mocha butter cream worthy of licking off someone you love? I cubed the butter, measured the coffee extract (which we used in place of espresso powder we couldn't find in any of five grocery stores) and the Kahlua, and melted the chocolate. Combining the sensitive ingredients into a velvety smooth finish with no sign of curdle was all John's doing.

And the marzipan, which should be labeled as a controlled substance and is probably illegal in seven states? I whipped the almond paste with confectioner's sugar into a crumbly meal and considered it a failure. John patiently incorporated the corn syrup into marzipan perfection and molded some mystical mushrooms while I shredded chocolate to dirty the plate.

Oh and I took a page from Peabody's book, tossing some rosemary and cranberries in sugar for that snow covered look.

In the end ladies and gentlemen, the majesty you see before you is John's creation, not mine. But I couldn't be more proud of it if it were my own.

We want to thank Lis and Ivonne for hosting this beautiful holiday challenge. And Helene for the invaluable advice on how to avoid its pitfalls. If you want to make one of your own for New Years Eve or Twelfth Night celebrations, you can find the recipe over at Ivonne's. And hundreds more variations on the theme at the Daring Baker blog-roll.

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49 comments:

April said...

It looks great! I love the sugared cranberries!

bittersweetblog said...

No matter who took the lead on this one, I would still say it was a team effort. ;) Nice job both of you!

Kourtney said...

Thank you Dolores!! Your and John's Yule Log looks beautiful!

Chris said...

Looks great! I, too, love the cranberries. Happy holidays!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I guess I'm missing something here. I think it sounds like fabulous that you & John can trade spots. Isn't that they way two people are supposed to help each other. That's team work and I think it's great.
The log is beautiful!

coco said...

Looks so nice! My best wishes to your for the season. Have a great year ahead.. :)

Kristen said...

I love a team effort. This looks great!

Baking Soda said...

This was a team effort and the result is great! I have to admit I usually snatch some guy in my house to stand by me, whispering sweet nothings in my ear. I bribe them to just stand there and say: Yes, looks good!
Merry Christmas!

Christmas Bellini Valli said...

"A family that cooks together stays together" as the old adage goes.Your Buche de Noel looks wonderful...I like the addition of the Kahlua!!!

Andrea said...

Great teamwork! And the cake looks wonderful!

Veron said...

looks great and love the mystical mushrooms!

Half Baked said...

Beautiful! Looks like you and John make a great baking team:)

skrockodile said...

wasn't the buttercream the best? congrats on the log and a very happy new year to you!

Quellia said...

Well you tell him he did a great job!

Peabody said...

At least it is all in the family :) And even better at least John can make it look like that. I fear what my hubby would come up with! :P

Elisabeth said...

Your log looks fabulous.

Glenna said...

It's wonderful! I love that you guys did it together. Now that's fun in the kitchen.

Hilda said...

So it's a team effort, I think that's great! My hubby watches me, but then again he cooks a lot of the time so I'm the baker around here. The cranberries are a great touch. Happy Holidays!

Tartelette said...

You are so lucky he is helping in the kitchen! Mine can't even mix brownies from a box...sigh!
The log turned out perfect! Congrats to both of you! Hope your Christmas was good!

Carla said...

I love that you worked as a team. Working with someone you love in a kitchen can be a challenge. Love your yule log and the cranberries are great!

glamah16 said...

Looks amazing. Its a beautiful thing to get your partner to cook with you. Mine couldnt navigate his away around the kithchen.:-)Happy New Year.

chou said...

Helpful honeys are the BEST! 99% of the time I'm convinced my husband and I have nothing in common but cooking together, but that's enough glue to help us survive the rest of life. Happy holidays!

Gabi said...

You and John did a superb job!
Hope your Holiday was happy and that you have a fantastic 2008!
What a beautiful Yule log!
xoxo
Gabi

Kevin said...

Nice Yule Log! The candied cranberries look tasty, sweet and tart. I agree with you about the marzipan. Most of mine did not get a chance to become a mushroom before being eaten.

Mandy said...

what a successful collaboration! Great work Dolore & John! I wish my hubby could be more hands-on!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I think it is great that your husband helps you out, even if it is you helping him sometimes. How fun! I love the look of your yule log...very tasty!

Katia said...

Beautiful Yule log...Happy Holidays!

Lane said...

I had to laugh at your confession. Lane usually helps me in the kitchen, but his help is of the slightly different variety. He tastes and critiques things. Mostly he is supportive.
Your log looks wonderful. Congrats to you both!
Jane of Vegan Bits

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

I had some help from my dad as well, I think you NEED help for this recipe! Doing it all on your own would be quite crazy.

Thank you for the nice comments on my blog!!! Happy holidays :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great looking log! Good job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mindy said...

you know, I can relate,

Robert John helps me with most every baking project in some way.

We are lucky to have em', eh?

Jen said...

Lucky duck! It must be nice to have a kitchen helper! All I had were hungry roomates that kept asking when they could taste!!! haha

Happy New Year!

eatme_delicious said...

Looks good. Excellent teamwork!

Nora B. said...

Hi Dolores and John,

Your yule log certainly look like something out of a magazine, the decorations look lovely! Culinary adventures are more fun when shared, so my partner and I also cook together often.

"See" you at the next DB challenge.

Nora

maybahay said...

well done for your team work. the log looks gorgeous and sounds fab with the kahlua flavour.
Happy Holidays!

Megan said...

I agree with Tartlette, My man cant even find the kitchen rather lone the brownie mix. Love the Kahlua add-in and next year, I'm using those cute sugared cranberrys!! Nice color.
Happy new year to you both!!

Maryann said...

Sorry I'm late getting around to see your cake. It looks great! A very Happy New Year wish to you and yours :)

Deborah said...

It looks wonderful, and we should consider John an honorary member of the Daring Bakers!

wmpe said...

How great it is to have someone help out in the kitchen! Lucky you. Your cake looks lovely. Wendy

Jen Yu said...

Well, kudos to John AND to you for the team effort! I am impressed and it looks gorgeous. Wonderful work, both of you :) Happy new year!!

jen at use real butter

Elle said...

John did well! It's lovely, especially with the cranberries and rosemary. A team effort is a great thing. Happy New Year!

Liliana said...

Your log look great! Nice touch with the cranberries. You and John make a great team. My Frank's contribution was just to eat it!

Rivka said...

I'm all about a little buche-bonding! i did it with my friend and I do say, the company was much needed for this one :) Yours looks lovely! Happy new year to you and your family!

Tiffany said...

Great job! Can I borrow your John the next time I decide to make this darned contraption? :-)

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Oh, Kiddo! I love that post of yours. I'd be beaming too, if I could get Tom to work on a cake with me! HA! You guys did a beautiful job!

Bake your cake and eat it too said...

Your mushrooms stood up so well! It looks fantastic!

linda said...

John and you did a wonderful job. I can't imagine my A helping me bake (and even if he wanted, I'd probably forbid it ;)

Christina said...

It looks very beautiful, great job!

Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

I(dot)J said...

sugared cranberries... why didn't I think of that?