Bûche de Noël recipes?
My aged mother has the inclination to make a bûche de noël for Christmas this year, but has never made one and asked for my help, including in recipe selection. Any suggestions? She's starting to have difficulty with her hands so I'm going to try and take care of the work for her; any techniques and tips would also be well appreciated.
Put the cake on parchment paper (or similar - if you have a pastry towel, that will work too, but it's got to be conditioned so it doesn't stick to the cake) and roll the cake while it's still quite warm. The parchment paper will prevent it from sticking to itself while it's rolled.
If you over bake it you'll find that it tears when you roll it. Don't over bake it.
After it's cooled and you unroll it, spread the filling within an inch or so of the edges, don't go all the way out to the edge. After it's rolled you'll find that the filling has encroached on the edges slightly and you can cut off the ends of the roll to make a nice finished end.