A Festive French Recipe - La Buche de Noel aux Marrons

A very Merry Christmas from everyone at European Waterways! 

Here’s a French Festive Favourite Dessert from our very own HR & Accounts Manager Isabelle, handed down through her family over the past 3 generations it’s stood the test of time… 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

For the cake :

1KG/ 2.2lbs chestnuts

180 Grams/ 0.4 lbs unsalted butter

180 Grams/ 0.4 lbs  granulated sugar

½ fl oz of Rum or Cognac


For the glaze :

125 Grams/ 0.3 lbs good dark chocolate

A knob of unsalted butter




  1. With a sharp knife make a slit in each of the chestnuts and then boil gently in water for about an hour until soft
  2. Shell the chestnuts while still hot and then puree until smooth.
  3. Add the melted butter, sugar and alcohol
  4. When everything is mixed together and smooth, mold to form a log shape on a long serving dish
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. In a pan melt the chocolate with the butter, and a few drops of water to ensure it does not stick.
  7. Pour over the cake ensuring it is completely covered & decorate with holly and other festive tidbits.



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