bûche de Noël
Pronunciation: [BOOSH duh noh-EHL]
Literally translated as "yule log," this traditional French Christmas cake is shaped and decorated to resemble a log. It's made of a sheet of génoise that is spread with mocha or chocolate buttercream, rolled into a log shape and covered with more buttercream. The surface is ridged to resemble the bark of a log, and sometimes garnished with meringue "mushrooms" and with "moss" made from chopped pistachio nuts.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.