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Daring Bakers…Yule Log

by Jamie on January 1, 2009

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.

Let me start by saying that if you abhor curse words, you may want to step away from my blog for this particular post. Just reading this recipe almost made me pop a Xanax and chase it down with a some sort of martini (I do not even drink). My first thought was holy shit, this recipe is like 18 pages! What the hell could I possibly concoct in my kitchen that would entail 18 freaking pages? Keep in mind the only item I have any experience with from the 6 components (listed below) is creme brulee. Not to mention the closest thing to a yule log I have ever consumed would be a Little Debbie Swiss Roll. I calmed down (without Xanax and booze) and realized that there are MANY variations of this log and the recipe included the ingredients and method for many of these variations.

This recipes has six components:
1. Dacquoise Biscuit
2. Mousse
3. Ganache Insert
4. Praline (Crisp) Insert
5. Creme Brulee Insert
6. Icing

Thankfully, I am off of work until January 5th, so I had some spare time on my hands to peruse the Daring Bakers forum. This allowed me to learn from other peoples mistakes/triumphs and organize my obsessive compulsive self in the best way possible. First, I decided to narrow down my choices for flavors, and these were my choices…

1. Dacquoise Biscuit- almond
2. Mousse- milk chocolate
3. Ganache Insert- dark chocolate
4. Praline (Crisp) Insert
5. Creme Brulee Insert- vanilla sans the bean because I was out
6. Icing- dark chocolate

I chose most of these components in the sweet and mild variations because I was serving this for New Year’s Day dinner and neither the boyfriend nor the brother are very fond of dark chocolate.

Here is how I went about this baby-
Day 1- Creme brulee baked up just fine and within the time stated in the recipe. I used a Pyrex bread pan which was smaller than the pan I was using for the Yule Log. I lined the pan with non-stick foil and had no problem releasing this from the pan. I tossed this in the freezer.
Day 2- I made the Praline Crisp Insert using…drum roll please…Frosted Flakes! I did not have Rice Krispies, Special K or Corn Flakes, so I figured these would have to work.
I also made the mousse as it was stated it could be refrigerated overnight.
Day 3- Gananch Insert and Dacquoise Biscuit.

Excuse this pic…my log was too damn soft which led to this hellacious picture and quite undicernable layers…I promise all six of those suckers are there!

Okay, so I realize this is not my best work, in fact it is quite ugly, HOWEVER, all that ate it really enjoyed it and said it was worth the three day prep work! Thanks to Susie, Dad, Jared and Bri for enduring my Yule Log insanity! Happy New Year!!!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Em January 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Yay you!!! Congrats on completing the challenge! And your post had nary a curse word… or maybe since I cursed so much making mine I didn’t notice them ;-) LOL

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Sara January 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Your decorations on top are so cute! Looks delicious. :)

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Jamie January 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for all you help, Em! Without you, Xanax would have been a requirement…for you my friend I have changed the word “shiz” to “shit”! I hope you appreciate it!!! ;)

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n.o.e January 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

And that, my friend, is why you are a Daring Baker and I am not! No dessert is going to come out of my kitchen that takes three days to make or that has 18 pages for the recipe (variations or not). Your log is beautiful and I am so glad that everyone appreciated it and thought it was worth the work!!
Nancy

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Ingrid January 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm

:-)While you may not have been pleased with the second photo (I don’t see what the problem is) that first one was a terrific one.
Happy 2009!
~ingrid

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creativecarryout January 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

Thanks for the post. It made me laugh out loud because it reminds me of a conversation I had with my sister about my Christmas baking. Kudos to you for sticking it out for THREE days! It looks great!

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Sweet as Coco January 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

I think it looks great! I saw some other peeps making this and I was jealous. Then when I would see them in the grocery store I wanted one. Im glad I am not the only one who throws out a curse word or two when I see an 18 page recipe. My last attempt at an opera cake nearly brought me to my knees. haha!

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pinkstripes January 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

Wow! You hit it out of the ball bark with your yule log. It looks absolutely perfect!

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Cathy January 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

I start to break into a cold sweat whenever I even READ one of these DB yule log posts! It sounds truly insane, and you have my undying respect and admiration for attempting this! I think that your log is GORGEOUS! I love how you broke down the process — that is really the only way to go, I would think. Congratulations — that is a major baking accomplishment! And Happy New Year, Jamie!

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J January 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

LOL I used frosted flakes in my crisp layer too! I thought it was pretty darn good. I think I might make more this weekend. LOL Looks great!

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Meryl January 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Great job! I didn’t do a square because I wasn’t sure how it would look, but yours is lovely! And your biscuit looks really good too–mine was all gooey.

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Madam Chow January 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Your buche turned out really well – I like how you decorated it. And I think we were all a bit nuts to do this at Christmas! Great job, and I just got a look at your TWD cheesecake, which also looks wonderful!
Madam Chow
http://www.mzkitchen.com

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The Food Librarian January 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Happy New Year! 18 pages of instructions is why I bailed on DB! :) You did an outstanding job!!!

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Aparna January 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

Your square cake looks so pretty and I can see all the layers in the slice.:)

Happy New Year.

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jef January 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Don’t get too down on yourself for the cut slice picture, the whole cake looks great! As a baker, you’re only responsible for the cake up until it’s cut; after the cutting, it’s out of your hands! :)

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susieq January 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

what

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mybricole January 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

It looks great. Love the way you decorated it!

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breadchick January 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I’d say it was quite a success and I like the square versus the log and round forms I’ve seen!

Well done.

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Lori January 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I think it looks so pretty. It was tastey but not my top recipe.

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