Daring Bakers in December: French Yule Log

December 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Posted in cakes & tortes, daring bakers, groups, other sweet, sweet things | 41 Comments

French yule log

This month’s challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux.  They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand.  Now, now…before you go thinking that we did that last December, let me assure you that this is a very different dessert altogether.

This yule log is a truly impressive, multi-layered affair.  Almond dacquoise, chocolate-caramel ganache, praline feuilletine, and vanilla crème brulée…all nestled between layers of dark chocolate mousse, and capped off with a super-shiny glaze.  Sounds lush, right?  It certainly is.  (The ganache layer, by the way– amazing!!  Also the crispy feuilletine…I could have eaten the whole layer by itself, before it even made it into the log.)

This is kind of an investment in time and ingredients, but taken separately, each component is actually quite easy and quick to prepare.  I spread my work over three days.  On day one, I made the ganache, feuilletine and brulée layers.  (I can see the feuilletine layer being a bit of a pain, but I had it easy, because I was able to purchase gavottes and praline paste through work.)  On day two, I made the dacquoise and mousse and assembled the layers, leaving it to freeze overnight.  On the last day, all that was left was to unmold and prepare the glaze.  I used a standard loaf pan (lined with plastic wrap) to mold my log.  The finished dessert is quite large…it’s probably about ten servings.  And we will enjoy each and every one.

Sorry that I don’t have more (or better) pictures to share, but my apartment is like a cave with the low winter sun, or lack thereof!  I have to take what I can get.  Let me assure you that this dessert is as decadent as it sounds, so if you’re up for a challenge, visit Hilda’s post for the recipe.

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  1. BEYOND phenomenal, Steph!!

  2. Your yule log is beautiful!

  3. Yours is the most perfect looking I have seen so far! Absolutely scrumptious!!

  4. Steph,

    Wow … look at the definition on those layers! I like how you described it as an investment in ingredients! Happy New Year!

  5. It looks gorgeous! Your layers are perfect. Mine is still in the deep freeze firming up.

  6. Oh……….my……….gosh. That is a thing of beauty. It looks so perfect, and so delicious! I can’t remember what you wrote, because I was mesmerized by the photo. Unbelievable. *clapping*

  7. Wow! Your log looks perfect. The layers look very distinct and I love the way you decorated it.

  8. Wow, your yule log looks just perfect! The more yummy pictures I see, the more I wish I’d been able to find time to make this one.

  9. Wow, it looks fantastic, apartment light and all. I am totally with you though – I hate how much apartment light limits photo-ops.

  10. This looks perfect! I love the way your layers look.

  11. Gosh! I was hopping some of my favorite bloggers were going to make the DBers yule log.
    And here it is… in all its glory! Worth all the wait! Superb, Steph! BRAVO!

  12. Glad you liked it,

    best wishes for 2009!
    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  13. Your log looks just terrific!!! Happy New Year!

  14. Steph, your log looks perfect. That ganache is just fabulous isn’t it? (I could have eaten it with a spoon, but didn’t, damn pregnancy hormones). I’m glad you enjoyed making this. Have a Happy New Year!

  15. Nicely done! Your layers look so perfect!

  16. Organization is most definitely something that made this recipe simple. Yours looks so wonderful.

  17. Oh, Steph, you’re yule log is stunning!

  18. Perfect! Great job.

  19. Those layers are pretty perfect

  20. Wow, that is the most perfect layering I’ve seen yet! Kudos!

  21. What a perfect Yule Log! Very elegant. That ganache was good straight from the spoon. Lovely!

  22. Yum, this looks super delicious! 🙂

  23. Scrumptious, delicious, gorgeous! Well done again!

  24. I love the way you set up the picture! Great job!!!

  25. So beautiful and such perfect and defined layers.

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

  26. Great Log Steph! I came by on the 28th, hoping to find the log but I’m glad I came back again! Have a Blessed New Year and all good things for 2009. with lots of love.

  27. Your layers look amazing!

  28. absolutely gorgeous looking yule log! well done!

    wishing you a fantastic new year steph!

  29. Steph, how did you get those amazingly defined layers? Gorgeous looking log!

  30. Fantastic job on this challenge, all of you layers look so perfectly smooth and even!

    Happy new year!

  31. Steph,

    Your log is so pretty and the layers are absolutely perfect!

    Happy New Year!

  32. What a beautiful cake!! The layers look perfect.


  33. A lovely Yule Log. It is so perfectly formed. Great job as always.

  34. Don’t you just feel like you should have a televised reveal for a dessert such as this? hehe Its beautiful and do you have any left? Sounds so delish. You should feel so accomplished. Wow

  35. Wow your layers are like perfection!! Excellent job.

  36. Its perfect, the layers look great.

  37. That is gorgeous. How, oh HOW, did you get the icing so smooth, and all the way to the bottom of the log? I am so impressed!

  38. Those layers look perfect! And I like the accoutrements on top!

  39. wow! Steph..that is perfect! The layers are so clean!

  40. How long did this take you to make seriously????? You have got to be kidding…this is some dessert…you are such a star!

  41. That looks fantastic Steph! Well done. You always inspire me with your wonderful words and photos. How are you? How is it being back home? Where are you, NY? I bet its cold! Heatwave over here in Australia – wow. I hope you’re well and settling in.

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