Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Oh Joy! Chocolate & Espresso Yule Log

"The room was very still while the pages were softly turned and 
the winter crept in with a Christmas greeting."  ~ Louisa May Alcott

Happy first day of winter, friends.  It's a frosty one here this morning, with me in my slippers and a mug of coffee warming my hands.  There is much packing to me done yet as I leave for a few days to see my family and I couldn't be more excited.  From what I hear, my nieces want my assistance in building a snow fort, and are addicted to UNO, so I know what I'll be doing upon my arrival.  These are the best days, when all that really matters is just being together with those who love the bones off you.  As their little hands clasp mine, leading me to the piled up snow, that will be the best gift right there. 

Before I hit the highway, I want to tell you about this delicious yule log I made a couple of months ago for the December issue of Culinaire Magazine.  My friend Dan was in town, and though it was October, we got well into the Christmas spirit (there is whiskey in the filling after all).  So do take a peek on how to build one - it's not that difficult, it just take a bit of time.  It's quite the showstopper!  This was my first time constructing one, and I kind of loved it.  This year we are having sticky toffee pudding for Christmas dessert, but I'm totally bookmarking this in my brain for next year.  Is it weird to think a year ahead about dessert?  I hope I'm not the only one!  

And with that, I best carry on.  Wishing all of you the happiest of holidays.  May your spirits be merry and bright, and your homes filled with good friends, good food and good cheer.  Merry Christmas!  Renee xoxo

 To make the yule log, find the recipe here. 

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