Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites


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I love, love my cell phone. I love to be able to check on my children, call whenever I can, text, take pictures. I love it all. What I love less, is the ability to browse the internet. A friend told me that she does not like to go on Facebook because she feels that it swallows her, and that can waste hours in what feels only seconds of her time. I think what i like the least is the ability to get on the internet. Once I get there, I get lost either in the clothes, or in the food… and I spend hours, ….. Do you have that problem???

This recipe is just one of them I saw on Pinterest. I just added mon “petit grain” as we say in French because I did not want to use some of the ingredients and was unable to locate the raspberry Chipotle Sauce as suggested.  I added bits here and there and I am also using my Demarle cookware to cook it ( easy to clean, and non-stick). Of course any pan would do. I hope that you will try them. They cook so fast and are deliiiiiciiouss!!!! Yes, not very healthy but delicious!!!!

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Ingredients for about 4-6 people (it is a wide range, but those are so good it is hard to stop at 4 or 5;-)))

  • 2 chicken breasts,
  • 6 bacon strips cut in fourth,
  • 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce,
  • 2-3 tbsp of brown sugar,
  • salt and pepper.
  1. Trim the chicken so that it is cleaned of fat and nerves.IMG_4501
  2. Slice the chicken breast half in its length, then cut each half into small bites of about 1 inch wide ( about 5-6 cut per half).IMG_4502
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.IMG_4503
  4. Then roll each bite within the bacon strip.
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  5. Place the bacon wrapped chicken into the deep flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet.IMG_4506
  6. Pour the barbecue sauce over the top of the bacon and with a brush, brush evenly the barbecue sauce.IMG_4508
  7. Sprinkle the sugar all over the chickenIMG_4510
  8. and bake the chicken for 30 minutes at 400 or until the bacon is crisp and the fat has melted.IMG_4511 You may cook it longer if you need to, but I was happy with the texture after 30 minutes.IMG_4512 2

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Barbecue Bacon Chicken Bites

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for about 4-6 people (it is a wide range, but those are so good it is hard to stop at 4 or 5;-)))

  • 2 chicken breasts,
  • 6 bacon strips cut in fourth,
  • 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce,
  • 2-3 tbsp of brown sugar,
  • salt and pepper.
  1. Trim the chicken so that it is cleaned of fat and nerves.
  2. Slice the chicken breast half in its length, then cut each half into small bites of about 1 inch wide ( about 5-6 cut per half).
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Then roll each bite within the bacon strip.
  5. Place the chicken into the deep flexipan.
  6. Pour the barbecue sauce over the top of the bacon and with a brush, brush evenly the barbecue sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the sugar all over the chicken and bake the chicken for 30 minutes at 400 or until the bacon is crisp and the grease has melted.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cranberry and Apple Normand Tart


 

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I never have to pleasure to host Thanksgiving, because I am in charge of Christmas dinner every year, but also because my sister-in-law, the only born American in our family, wants to make sure that by hosting it, it will be a true one, with a Turkey, and the potatoes and the dressing.

So this leaves me with making appetizers, desserts and sometimes sides. Every year, I scratch my head trying to figure out what I will be bringing. I have yet to think about the appetizers, but I think that I know what I will be bringing: Feuille d’automne, Tart Tatin and Apple and Cranberry Normand Tart.

This evening, I would like to share with you the Apple and Cranberry tart that I will be serving. It is very different that anything I have eaten before, but it is very good, very filling however. The great part about this dessert is that you can substitute the apples with any fruits that strike you fancy. The recipe was adapted from a recipe from Stephane Glacier called Tarte Normande.

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Ingredients for a large tart of about 12-16 persons:

Ingredients for the pie shell:

  • 250 gr. of flour
  • 188 gr. of butter at room temperature ( should be soft to the touch).
  • 7.5 gr. of salt
  • 50 gr. of milk
  • 10 gr. of egg yolks
  • 15 gr. of sugar

Ingredients for the apple mixture:

  • 1000 gr. of apples peeled and sliced in 8. 
  • 80 gr of butter
  • 120 gr. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon 

Ingredients for the normande filling:

also 1 cup of cranberry

  • 225 gr. of eggs
  • 275 gr. of sugar
  • 38 gr. of sugar
  • 190 gr. of melted butter

Ingredients for Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 of a mascarpone container ( if you do not have container, substitute with 1/2 cup of cream cheese).
  • seeds of a vanilla bean, or 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. 
  • 2-4 tbsp  of sugar.

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  1. You will want to get the pie crust done first. In a mixer place the flour, salt and soft butter and mix well until you have a crumble texture.IMG_0180
  2. Then add the other ingredients and mix well until you have an even texture dough.IMG_0181
  3. Place the dough into a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.IMG_0182
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the apples. Peel and slice the apples and set them aside.IMG_0185
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and when the butter is sizzling, add the sliced apples.
  6. Then add the cinnamon and the sugar and bring to boil.IMG_0187
  7. Cook the apples for 10 minutes. Then pour the apples into the large round mold and place them into the oven at a temperature 450 of  for another 10 minutes.IMG_0188
  8. When the apples have cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  9. Take the dough out, place it in between two roulpats (or in between 2 plastic wrap if you do not have a roulpat) and roll it out in a 12-14 inch circle. Place it back into the fridge to cool before placing it into the tart pan.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the mixture that you will be drizzling over the apples. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the normande filling. Set aside.IMG_0190
  11. Take the dough back out, and gently peel the pie crust off the roulpat and place it onto the grande round ( if you do have a grande round, use a 12 inch round tart mold) that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet. Pat the dough down to make sure that it is fitting perfectly inside the tart pan. With a fork, prick the dough all over.
  12. Drain the apples from its juice, and spread them out evenly onto the pie crust.IMG_0189
  13. Disperse 1 cup of fresh cranberries on top of the apples.
  14. Pour the normande mixture over the apples, and cook the tart for 50 minutes at 350.IMG_0191IMG_0212
  15. Prepare the mascarpone whipped cream. In a mixer, place the cream, the vanilla seeds and the sugar, and beat the cream until it is getting thicker, but it is still runny. Add the mascarpone cheese, or the softened cream cheese and beat until it makes hard peaks. Place the cream into a container and keep it cool until you are ready to serve the pie.IMG_0192
  16. Let the tart cool completely before eating. Serve with Mascarpone Whipped Cream. Yum, Yum!!!IMG_0214

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Cranberry and Apple Normande Tart

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients for a large tart of about 12-16 persons:

Ingredients for the pie shell:

  • 250 gr. of flour
  • 188 gr. of butter at room temperature ( should be soft to the touch).
  • 7.5 gr. of salt
  • 50 gr. of milk
  • 10 gr. of egg yolks
  • 15 gr. of sugar

Ingredients for the apple mixture:

  • 1000 gr. of apples peeled and sliced in 8.
  • 80 gr of butter
  • 120 gr. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon

Ingredients for the normande filling:

also 1 cup of cranberries

  • 225 gr. of eggs
  • 275 gr. of sugar
  • 38 gr. of sugar
  • 190 gr. of melted butter

Ingredients for Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 of a mascarpone container ( if you do not have container, substitute with 1/2 cup of cream cheese).
  • seeds of a vanilla bean, or 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.
  • 2-4 tbsp of sugar.
  1. You will want to get the pie crust done first. In a mixer place the flour, salt and soft butter and mix well until you have a crumble texture.
  2. Then add the other ingredients and mix well until you have an even texture dough.
  3. Place the dough into a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the apples. Peel and slice the apples and set them aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and when the butter is sizzling, add the sliced apples. Then add the cinnamon and the sugar and bring to boil.
  6. Cook the apples for 10 minutes. Then pour the apples into the large round mold and place them into the oven at a temperature 450 of for another 10 minutes.
  7. When the apples have cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  8. Take the dough out, place it in between two roulpat, or in between 2 plastic wrap if you do not have a roulpat, and roll it out in a 12-14 inch circle. Place it back into the fridge to cool before placing it into the tart pan.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the mixture that you will be drizzling over the apples. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the normande filling and set it aside until you are ready to use it.
  10. Take the dough back out, gently peel it off the roulpat, and place it onto the grande round ( if you do have a grande round, use a 12 inch round tart mold). Pat the dough down to make sure that it is fitting perfectly inside the tart pan. With a fork, prick the dough all over. Drain the apples from its juice, and spread them out evenly onto the pie crust.
  11. Disperse 1 cup of fresh cranberries on top of the apples.
  12. Pour the normande mixture over the apples, and cook the tart for 50 minutes at 350.
  13. Prepare the mascarpone whipped cream. In a mixer, place the cream the vanilla seeds and the sugar, and beat the cream until it is getting thicker, but it is runny. Add the mascarpone cheese, or the softened cream cheese and beat until it makes hard peaks. Place the cream into a container and keep it cool until ready to serve the pie.
  14. Let the tart cool completely before eating. Serve with Mascarpone Whipped Cream. Yum, Yum!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Stuffed Zucchini with Roasted Bell Pepper, and Purple Onion


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I love, love vegetables. I love to eat them, but I often find myself at loss on how to prepare them. Of course, you can grill, roast, steam, saute all your vegetables, and you can vary the spices that you use, but I am not very creative when cooking vegetables and like many of you I end up making the same vegetables over and over again.

I cannot remember where I saw a recipe of stuffed zucchinis, but I thought why not stuffed them with vegetables instead of meat to make it a truly vegetable dish. So  here it is :

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Ingredients for 4 :

  • 4 medium sized zucchinis about 4-5 inches long
  • 1 small purple onion
  • 1 whole roasted bell pepper ( a big jar can be found in grocery store or at Costco)
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan,  swiss cheese or even feta ( optional)
  • 1 tsp of demarle rosemary and thyme spice
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

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  1. If you have not purchased roasted bell peppers, you will need to roast the fresh ones yourself. It is quite easy. Since it  just takes times, you may as well prepare a few more to keep in your fridge for more recipes.  Slice the bell peppers in half. Place then onto the silpat skin up, and roast them for 30 minutes at 450. When they are roasted, let them cool first by placing a silpat over them to keep them from drying up. When they are somewhat cooler, place them into a plastic bag and let them cool completely. The reason why you will want to place them into a bag, is to allow them to “perspire” and it will be easier for you to peel the skin off. 
  2. After 30 minutes to an hour, when they are completely cool. Carefully peel of the skin. It should come off fairly easy. Et voila. 
  3. Slice and dice one whole bell pepper and place it into a large bowl.
  4. Rinse the zucchinis thoroughly under running water. Then with a sharp knife, slice the zucchini in half in its length. With a melon grater, or a little spoon, grate the inside of the zucchinis. Place the “meat” of the zucchinis onto a chopping block, and chop the zucchini “meat” finely. Empty it into a bowl where you would have already placed the diced bell pepper. Set aside. IMG_2879
  5. Chop the onion very finely. IMG_2877
  6. In a large saute pan, warm up a tbsp of olive oil and when the oil is warm, saute the onion until it becomes a dark amber color.IMG_2878
  7. Empty the onion in the bowl where you would have placed the zucchini’s “meat”.
  8. Add the salt, pepper, 1 tsp of rosemary and thyme and 1/2 cup of cheese ( optional). Mix well. IMG_2880
  9. Fill the zucchinis with the mixture and place them into a deep flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet. IMG_2951
  10. Cook for 20-30 minutes ( it will depend how big they are. the larger, the longer they will need). Enjoy!!!IMG_2884

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Stuffed Zucchinis with Bell Pepper and Purple Onion

  • Servings: 4-6 people
  • Difficulty: Super easy
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Ingredients for 4 :

  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis about 4-5 inches long
  • 1 small purple onion
  • 1 whole roasted bell pepper ( a big jar can be found in grocery store or at Costco)
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan, swiss cheese or even feta ( optional)
  • 1 tsp of demarle rosemary and thyme spice
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  1. If you have not purchased roasted bell peppers, you will need to roast the fresh ones yourself. It is quite easy. Since it just takes times, you may as well prepare a few more to keep in your fridge for more recipes. Slice the bell peppers in half. Place then onto the silpat skin up, and roast them for 30 minutes at 450. When they are roasted, let them cool first by placing a silpat over them to keep them from drying up. When they are somewhat cooler, place them into a plastic bag and let them cool completely. The reason why you will want to place them into a bag, is to allow them to “perspire” and it will be easier for you to peel the skin off.
  2. After 30 minutes to an hour, when they are completely cool. Carefully peel of the skin. It should come off fairly easy. Et voila.
  3. Slice and dice one whole bell pepper and place it into a large bowl.
  4. Rinse the zucchinis thoroughly under running water. Then with a sharp knife, slice the zucchini in half in its length. With a melon grater, or a little spoon, grate the inside of the zucchini. Place the “meat” of the zucchinis onto a chopping block, and chop the zucchini “meat” finely. Empty it into a bowl where you would have already placed the diced bell pepper. Set aside.
  5. Chop the onion very finely.
  6. In a large saute pan, warm up a tbsp of olive oil and when the oil is warm, saute the onion until it becomes a dark amber color. Empty the onion in the bowl where you would have placed the zucchini’s “meat”.
  7. Add the salt, pepper, 1 tsp of rosemary and thyme and 1/2 cup of cheese ( optional). Mix well.
  8. Fill the zucchinis with the mixture and place them into a deep flexipan that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet.
  9. Cook for 20-30 minutes ( it will depend how big they are. the larger, the longer they will need). Enjoy!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Super Moist Meatloaf


 

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After a few days of absence, it was super nice to be home, see my family and enjoy the comfort of my bed. Though my day was busy getting back to customers, I was happy to return to my kitchen and cook a homey dinner. What to cook?? I figured since my husband outmost favorite is ground beef and potatoes, I decided to fix an American Meatloaf, Boursin Flavored Potato Casserole and Steamed Broccoli.

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Ingredients for 12 individual meatloafs:

  • 1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 2 cups of italian or regular bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion sliced very thinly
  • 1/8 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can or 14.5 oz of tomato sauce ( or even diced tomatoes) 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl.photo 3
  2. Mix well.photo 4
  3. Place the large cupcake tray onto a medium perforated sheet and fill each cupcake hole with the meat mixture.photo 2
  4. If you do not wish to cook them all, place the tray into the freezer and freeze the meatloaves overnight. When frozen, place them into a ziploc bag, and cook them in the oven as you need them. 
  5. If you are cooking them all. Place the tray into the oven and cook then for 30 minutes or for 40 minutes into a regular tin muffin mold when fresh, or 50 when frozen at 400.photo 4
  6. Serve sides of your choice. I served those meatloaves with Boursin Hash Brown Casserole. My family love, love them;-)photo 5

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Super Moist Meatloaf

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for 12 individual meatloafs:

  • 1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 2 cups of italian or regular bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion sliced very thinly
  • 1/8 cup of chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can or 14.5 oz of tomato sauce ( or even diced tomatoes) 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Place the large cupcake tray onto a medium perforated sheet and fill each cupcake hole with the meat mixture.
  3. If you do not wish to cook them all, place the tray into the freezer and freeze the meatloaves overnight. When frozen, place them into a ziploc bag, and cook them in the oven as you need them.
  4. If you are cooking them all. Place the tray into the oven and cook then for 30 minutes or for 40 minutes into a regular tin muffin mold when fresh, or 50 when frozen at 400.
  5. Serve sides of your choice. I served those meatloaves with Boursin Hash Brown Casserole. My family loved them;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Gluten Free Peach and Almond Muffin


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A few weeks ago I was invited to spend a few days with some friends  and colleagues for a retreat in Sundance, Utah. What a treat!! It was  decided that we would not go out for any of our meals and that we all would take turns in the kitchen. Because some of us were to arrive earlier at the retreat, they became in charge of the grocery shopping which meant that we all had to send in recipes we wanted to prepare and share. I send just a few, but many from my blog were actually chosen for many meals which made me very happy;-)

One day we were served gluten free blueberry muffins with a streusel top for Breakfast. It was delicious!!!

So delicious in fact, that I have been  trying to find some of the ingredients to make those delicious morning treats!! But I can’t find them in the few stores I have been to so far. I guess I need to try a few more.

Well since I had some peaches that needed to be “disposed”of, I decided to make muffins, but this time I decided to make gluten free muffins using almond mill since I was unable to find gluten free all-purpose flour. After trying a few recipes here and there, I developed my own. I hope that you will try it. It is very good and so so moist!!!

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Ingredients for about 10 cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 almond mill
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of apple
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of rice flour, or gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 peaches diced and chopped in very small
  1. Turn the oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the almond mill, the sugar and the rice flour.
  3. Then add the apple sauce, the oil and the eggs and mix well.
  4. Add the chopped peaches in the mixture and mix well.photo 3
  5. With a scoop, fill each cupcake holes with the mixture.photo 2
  6. Cook the cupcakes for 25 minutes or until they are cooked ( when checking with a knife, it should come out clean). Et voila!!photo 3

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cranberry and Pecan Coated Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower


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Sometimes it is just nice to repeat some of the dish that i posted. One of my favorite recipe is the Pecan and Cranberry Coated Chicken so tonight I decided to use this topping to fix my salmon. Yummy!!

Ingredients for 1 single sized salmon:

  • 2 tbsp of cranberry that you would have previously soaked in 1/4 cup of hot water for rehydrating them,
  • 2 tbsp of pecan,
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar,
  • 1/2 tsp of olive oil,
  • 1/16 tsp of salt,
  • 1/32 tsp of pepper
  1. Place the salmon filet on the deep flexipan or silpat and season the salmon with salt and pepper by sprinkling it lightly. Set aside.
  2. In a small chopper, place 2 tbsp of cranberry, 2tbsp  of pecan, 1 tsp of brown sugar,  1/2 tsp of olive oil, and chop this mixture well.photo 1
  3. Coat the salmon with it.
  4. Cook in oven at 400 for 5-6 minutes. Enjoy!!!

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I served Roasted Cauliflower with it. Un vrai Delice;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Chocolate Buche de Noel


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Christmas would not be Christmas without a buche de Noel or Yule Log. Usually I make the Buche de Noel for Christmas day. And I always, always make the one my mom used to make. It brings so many memories…And I posted the recipe last year. Check it out.

Well on Christmas eve, we always go to my in-laws for the “Reveillon”. My mother -in-law prepares the tradition German “Pasteten” and the rest of the family brings various dishes to help her out. It can be sides, appetizers, and desserts… So guess what I am in charge for?? desserts of course.

Every year i always bring a “lighter dessert” to serve for the evening. It is never a cake, because by the time desserts come, it is always very late and we are already full. In the past I brought various  ice-cream and sorbets that i made. This year I brought a frozen desserts out of mango and raspberry sorbet, and a buche de noel. I know.. not that light, but this buche de Noel was made out of chocolate and seemed to be a lighter version of the original recipe. so this is what I served and this is also the one I will share with you today. It is so so easy, and everybody loved it.

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Ingredients for 1 buche de Noel for 6-8 people:

For the Cake:

  • 6 eggs separated
  • 150 gr. of sugar
  • 50 gr. of cocoa powder

For the “chocolate frosting:

  • 250 gr. of chocolate chips ( I used bittersweet Ghiradhelli chocolate chips)
  • 200 gr. of butter
  • 50 gr. of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 300 ml. of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar

Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and add the sugar. Whip well so as so get a fluffy whitish mixture.

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Add the cocoa and mix well. Set aside. In a kitchen mixer, whip the egg whites into a meringue with soft peaks. Then carefully with a spatula, mix the “meringue” into the chocolate mixture.

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Pour this mixture into a flexipan and cook in a warm oven at 350 for 12 minutes.

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When the cake is cooked, let it cool for a few minutes before rolling it into itself while still warm. You will need to do this while it is warm, or the cake will break if you do not. 

While the cake is cooling. Prepare the chocolate frosting. In a microwave bowl, place the chocolate chips, and the butter and microwave for 2 minutes or until the butter and the chocolate have melted. With a small whisk, mix well so that the mixture becomes homogeneous. Add the brown sugar and microwave for another 1 minute. Let it cool. When it is lukewarm, place this mixture into the fridge or even freezer to cool it ever more.

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In a mixer, add the heavy cream and the sugar and beat until the cream becomes a whipped cream with hard peaks.

To prepare the buche de noel, unroll the cake. Spread some of the chocolate frosting on the cake. Then place the cake into the fridge for the frosting to harden. When the frosting is hard, spread the whipped cream all over the chocolate frosting. Carefully roll the cake onto itself.

With the rest of the frosting, “frost” the outside of the log. Then with a fork, make marks on the cake make it look like wood grain. Decorate as you like.

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I decorated my cake with chocolate leaves, red chocolate covered hazelnuts  to make them look like holly fruit.  I also molded mushrooms out of marzipan paste. When you are finished decorating, place the cake in the fridge to keep it cool. But take it 0ut of the fridge for 30 minutes before eating it.

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!