Yule Log (Bûche de Noël) is the French roll cake very popular during the Holiday season. This is a delicious version of Yule Log you can make at home using very simple ingredients you can find in every store.
In a small pot, bring cold water and sugar to the boil. Keep boiling for a few minutes, stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down. When the syrup is cold, you may add vanilla or the Triple Sec liqueur (optional).
Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and triples in volume.
Using a spatula, gently fold in flour and cocoa powder.
Spread the batter evenly in thin layer into the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of biscuit comes out clean.
Turn upside down onto clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment paper. Let cool down.
Boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute.
Then mix it until the mixture is smooth.
Add butter and mix until this is fully dissolved.
Let cool the ganache for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Mix and check frequently: the ganache is ready when it's not anymore liquid and has a spreadable texture.
Beat together very cold heavy cream and cold mascarpone cheese until this is whipped. Keep gradually adding sugar.
Paint the biscuit with sugar syrup.
Spread the chantilly cream evenly over the biscuit.
Roll up firmly.
Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until chocolate ganache is ready.
Remove the plastic wrap. Spread the ganache over the cake. Using a fork make lines to look like a log. Transfer the cake to a serving platter and let stand in the fridge for a night or at least 3 hours.
Before serving, dust with cacao cocoa powder and decorate with meringues or pieces of chocolate.
The “Galettes de Sarrasin” – traditional french buckwheat crepes that can be served with savory filling: ham & cheese (Galette Jambon Fromage), veggies, eggs, mushrooms, salmon… The filling option is endless. My Breton husband loves them so much, he eats them plain with butter or with jam.
This recipe is gluten free!
One of the most common tips you're likely to encounter for this buckwheat pancakes is to let the batter rest for at least 2 hours. If overnight, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Combine buckwheat flour with salt, milk and water together.
Add melted butter and whisk until smooth.
Cover with plastic and and let rest for 2 hours.
Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook until edges start to dry and center is set, for about 30 seconds, lift with spatula and cook the other side for couple more seconds, move them to the cutting board.
Always keep your eyes on the pan.
Brush each crepe with butter and serve while they are still hot.
Profiteroles – French cream puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce on this profiteroles is the “live jazz”. Don’t let the long recipe scare you, it is very easy and worth all the time involved. It is a great dessert you can impress your family and friends with.
Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce
For chocolate lovers, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
Add sifted flour and mix well.
Mix until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
Add the eggs, one by one and mix well. (If the eggs are large, use only 3 eggs.)
The dough should become smooth and shiny. Return saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
Transfer the dough to a piping bag to pipe specific shapes (size of the walnut is the best). Space the puffs slightly apart on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let it cool completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Cut puffs in half. Place one small scoop of ice cream ball on the bottom of each puff.
Replace the top. As soon as you done, place them in the freezer, until they are ready to be served.
In a small, saucepan bring milk to boil, remove from the heat and pour the liquid over the chocolate. Allow it to sit for 1 minute.
Mix it until the mixture is smooth.
Remove the profiteroles from the freezer. Arrange 3 puffs per plate. Drizzle each serving with chocolate sauce and Voilà! 😉 Bon appetite.
Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly is a very light and airy dessert, with a touch of sweetness. Who wouldn’t love chocolate and vanilla goodness in a cup? I always try to limit myself. This dessert is so simple to make and a great way to end a special dinner. It can be done the day before.
Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly
You can also make it in one big baking pan and cut it into small squares.
Pureed soups are wonderful way to enjoy vegetables. Plus you don’t have to go grocery shopping in order to make this soup. You can find all the ingredients that you’ll need in your pantry. Use any meat you have in your fridge. And same with peas, use any peas you have, it can be frozen, canned or fresh.
Puree Of Pea Soup
It takes a lot less time to make this soup, compare to regular soups. All you have to do is chop up the vegetables into chunks, and don't worry about cutting them perfectly, soup will be blended anyway.
Cut chicken into small pieces. Peel and chop onion(half-moon). Peel and cut the potatoes in quarters.
In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add chicken and cook until beginning to golden brown. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring.
Add the potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
Add frozen or canned peas(drained). Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some water.
Divide soup into bowls and top it with sour cream.
If you have some extra time, you can make a design on your soup. For this you will need to transfer the sour cream into the small ziplock, cut the tiny hole in the corner(1-2 mm) and use your imagination . 😉
Fried cabbage with sausage is so simple but tasty, and the leftovers are tastier than it was the first day. When it comes to sausage, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can use any sausage you like: it can be Italian sausage, Polska kielbasa, smoked sausage, lamb, turkey or chicken sausages. Any of them will give a great taste to cabbage. My favorite is Frankfurter sausage.
Dice onion into the small squares, shred the carrots.
Slice the sausages.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until lightly brown.
Add shredded carrots and continue cooking for couple more minutes, stirring constantly.
Add cabbage and stir well.
In a few minutes add sausage. Bury the sausages under the cabbage, to get the brown color.
When the sausages are lightly brown, add salt and pepper, bay leaf, and some water (about 100 ml), mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet with lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix every 2-3 minutes.
French Buckwheat Crepes with ham and cheese are easy to make at home, and are delicious. It is important to prepare the Buckwheat crepes batter (gluten free) the day before, or at least 2 hours before cooking.
Family and friends have told me this is as good as the “Galettes Bretonnes” you can find in Brittany, in western France.
Mix buckwheat flour with salt, milk, water, and eggs together. Add melted butter and whisk until you get a smooth batter. Cover with plastic and and let rest for at least 2 hours.
When you are ready to cook the crepes, stir the batter before frying each crepe.
Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to fully cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Cook for a few seconds until the surface isn't liquid.
Without flipping the crepe, place a slice of ham in the center and sprinkle a little cheese.
A few seconds later, as the cheese is melting and the crepe seems to be ready, carefully lift one side with a spatula and fold it.
Borscht is a traditional Russian and Ukrainian hot soup that is made with beef, beets and cabbage. It is popular in many Eastern European countries, and each country has its own recipe. The recipe for borscht is usually passed on from generation to generation. This one is how my grandma used to cook.
Beets and beef borscht
Traditionally, Russian borscht is prepared with beef, but you can make it with any meat you like.
In the large pot, add the beef, one bay leaf, 2 teaspoons of salt and cold water. Bring to a boil.
Carefully remove the scum with a slotted spoon, or you can strain it and then start fresh with clean meat and clean water. Bring it to a boil one more time, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 50 minutes.
While your meat is cooking, get your veggies ready.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots along with onion and sauté until nice and golden.
Add beets and cook for 4 minutes stirring. Then stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Once the meat is ready, add potatoes. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add sliced cabbage into the stock and cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in the sautéed vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.
Stir in parsley and sugar.
Taste the borscht for flavor. Feel free to add more salt and pepper.