Daring Baker French Yule Log

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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.So, what is a French Yule Log? In France you can buy two kinds of Yule log, either the Genoise and Buttercream type, or what is more commonly purchased which is a frozen Yule Log very reminiscent of an ice cream cake, only often it’s not made of ice cream but rather frozen mousse of some sort. In French this is called an entremets which is sometimes loosely translated in English as simply a cream dessert.

I served my yule log for dessert Christmas Eve. It was a hit except for the icing, which as other Daring Bakers experienced, turned out really gummy. We just peeled that off and it was delicious. I chose a chocolate creme brulee, vanilla mousse, chocolate crisp insert, dark-milk ganache insert, chocolate dacquoise, and milk chocolate icing.

I made my crisp with 1/4 c. Rice Krispies and almond paste, and it was my husband’s favorite layer. I broke it up before adding it after reading comments, so it would be easier to cut. I loved the chocolate dacquoise and ate up all the scraps. I was glad I went with the vanilla mousse, it was delicious and a nice contrast to the chocolate – although it set up very quickly and I didn’t need to add the gelatin.

I forgot to line the pan before I put the mousse in, so I had to unmold it like you would a jello – loosed the edges with a hot knife and then set it in hot water for a few seconds until it came free from the glass loaf pan. I felt very lucky it unmolded so easily!

I was really intimidated to do this challenge, there were so many layers, ingredients and time consuming cooking and freezing elements. Also, I wasn’t sure if my family would like it, so I only made half the recipe. But I’m very glad I made it. My family thought it was wonderful. So thanks for another great challenge. I learned a lot!

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originally published December 29, 2008 — last updated July 9, 2018
Categories: Dessert