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Yule Log Recipe

needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 02:41 AM

I need to make a Yule log for a Christmas party and as someone who has never made one before I'm hoping someone here has a trusted recipe. I tried googling chowhound and Yule log without any luck. I got lots of results for people asking about where to buy them, but I didn't see any recipes. I would really appreciate any recipes as well as tips for decorating them if you have any. Thanks everyone!

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    youareabunny RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 03:38 AM

    I think it's pretty much a roulade or jelly roll. Try searching for those. It becomes more Yule log with how you decorate it.

    1. sunshine842 RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 03:46 AM

      Bunny is right -- it's a jelly roll lcake decorated to look like a log.

      If you're looking for the original, look for a bûche de Nöel -- the French name for the confection.

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        needcoffee RE: sunshine842 Dec 3, 2013 06:43 AM

        I guess I knew that it is a jelly roll. I just thought there was something special about a Yule log. I'll try looking for jelly roll recipes because even though I bake a lot, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit I've never made one. I'm pretty lost when it comes to making it since I don't think I have ever even tasted one, but I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks for letting me know what to look for.

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          youareabunny RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 01:23 PM

          Just a hint. I've made 3 jelly rolls and my 3rd cracked. I'm not 100% certain that this is the reason, but the first two times I rolled the cake into a tea towel and let it cool in that shape, unrolled, filled and re rolled. The 3rd time I skipped that part and it cracked. So maybe try rolling it up. It'll taste just fine if it's cracked, but you lose some of the log magic.

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            biondanonima RE: youareabunny Dec 3, 2013 02:42 PM

            Yes, you get much better results if you roll and cool, then unroll to fill.

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              needcoffee RE: youareabunny Dec 4, 2013 03:23 PM

              Thanks for the tip. This may be a really dumb question, but do you roll the towel into it kind of like where the filling would be?

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                magiesmom RE: needcoffee Dec 4, 2013 03:33 PM


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                  sunshine842 RE: magiesmom Dec 4, 2013 06:13 PM

                  and yes, the cooled cake will have a distinct "kink" at the end (the inside of the roll)

                  This is okay -- don't try to flatten it out, or you'll just crumble your cake.

        2. chowser RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 05:45 AM

          I don't know if one is much better than another but I like this one:


          I do meringue mushrooms instead of marzipan, like these:


          Sprinkle powdered sugar over the log w/ a sieve, just before serving. It's pretty and covers a host of sins.

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            needcoffee RE: chowser Dec 3, 2013 06:52 AM

            Although I love the meringue mushrooms, I think they may be a little too advanced for me. I would love to be able to pull that off, but I'm not sure I could.
            Thanks for the link to the log recipe. Mine may not look as nice as that one, but I think I can handle the cake part of it.

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              chowser RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 12:18 PM

              You can buy them from World Market, too! What it comes down to is you can be as creative as you like, or look around and buy things. Or, you can just do the log!

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                sunshine842 RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 05:13 PM

                oh, they're child's play -- really -- my kids and my sister's kids used to help me make them when they were little.

                Meringue in a ziploc with a corner cut off.

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                  needcoffee RE: sunshine842 Dec 4, 2013 03:18 PM

                  You may have talked me into it. After reading this I looked for videos showing how to make the mushrooms. I found the Chow video for them, and they do seem easier than I thought they would be. I think I will at least try them if I have enough time.

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                    sunshine842 RE: needcoffee Dec 4, 2013 06:13 PM

                    they're just blobs of meringue -- short, fat ones for the caps, and tall, thin ones for the stems.

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              rockycat RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 06:20 AM

              You can use pretty much any flavor combination that suits you, but my favorite is a chocolate cake with a chestnut buttercream. Throw a little brandy into the buttercream if that's okay for your group.

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                needcoffee RE: rockycat Dec 3, 2013 06:53 AM

                Chocolate cake with chestnut buttercream sounds wonderful! Do you have a recipe you could share?

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                  rockycat RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 09:35 AM

                  I'll have to look when I get home. I want to say that it was at least inspired by a CIA recipe but knowing me, I probably just cobbled together a few recipes and looked at a picture - maybe from Julia Child?- to get an idea how to decorate.

              2. biondanonima RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 10:20 AM

                Definitely google buche de noel, lots of ideas out there. I made a tiramisu-inspired one last year that was a BIG hit - I used a basic jellyroll cake recipe, then brushed with espresso/rum, filled it with a mascarpone-based filling, and frosted it with dark chocolate ganache. Not terribly complicated but SO beautiful!

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                  monfrancisco RE: biondanonima Dec 3, 2013 05:20 PM

                  Wow! That is lovely.

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                    needcoffee RE: biondanonima Dec 4, 2013 03:19 PM

                    That is beautiful!

                  2. chefj RE: needcoffee Dec 3, 2013 05:47 PM

                    This Blog list RLB'S Chocolate Cloud Roll recipe which is really easy to work with and delicious.
                    It also shows how to make Meringue Mushrooms.
                    Her filling sounds good too. More traditionally it would be filled with Coffee or Chocolate Mousse and a Chocolate Butter Cream or whipped Ganache on the exterior.

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