La Buche de Noel aux Marrons

A very Merry Christmas from everyone at European Waterways! Here’s a French Festive Favourite  from our very own HR Manager Isabelle, passed down through three generations! 

La Buche de Noel aux Marrons - a French Christmas favourite


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


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


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