Saturday, January 3, 2009

Yule Love It


A little late but done none the less here it is.

And the Challenge this month is…

A French Yule Log!!!

In France you can buy two kinds of Yule log, either the Genoise and Buttercream type that that is rolled up (the one most of us are familiar with), 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. This also means that this recipe is not holiday-specific, it is just a scrumptious dessert recipe. I had never heard of this other aparently more common yule log but then I've never actually eaten the rolly up kind either so there ya go.

This Yule log is made up of six components:
1) Dacquoise Biscuit
2) Mousse
3) Ganache Insert
4) Praline (Crisp) Insert
5) Creme Brulee Insert
6) Icing

In keeping with my recent focus I wanted to complete this challenge using only items in my pantry. I had to veganize the recipe anyway which required replacing a few eggs so I threw caution to the wind and dove in with whatever ideas struck me. There were definitely a few bumps in the road but this is what came of it.

Coconut Biscuit
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Cherry Almond Crisp
Coconut Mousse
Cherry Creme (which for some reason refused to freeze hence the droopiness of the layer)
White Chocolate Icing

Over all the flavor was good but it could use more tweeking to something really good and reliable. But I suppose that's what you get when you are throwing things together from your cupboards and fridge. Maybe next holiday I'll revisit this. Looking at other DB results you can see the possibilities are endless for flavor combinations as well as presentation. This battle is not over Sir Yule!

And now a closing word from our sponsor . . .
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.

13 comments:

Cynthia said...

Ooh, that looks super exciting and delicious.

River said...

It's beautiful! It seems like everyone made a Yule Log but me. Next year I won't be left out! :)

Jes said...

Your log looks delish! And the droopy layer just gets to mix with every other layer and taste cherry awesomely. :)

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Wow! Awesome! I can't beleive you had enough stuff in your pantry to produce such a complex dessert!
I've seen a good few of these recently and your white version really stands out from the crowd!
Great work!

foodfashionfun said...

yummY! Looks terrific!

bittersweetblog said...

As they say, better late than never! I'm glad that you could participate as well- Your yule log sounds delicious!

aTxVegn said...

You did a great job! I thought it was lots of fun and I loved the frozen mousse.

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a fabulous job on your yule log!

Happy Holidays!

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Vera said...

Your log looks lovely! Happy New Year!

Vaishali said...

This looks and sounds incredibly delicious. What's not to love in that amazing ingredient list? Truly scrumptious!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am super impressed that you made this with stuff already in your pantry! This one probably one of the most expensive challenges that I've done...
And it looks yum! The cherry layer sounds like a nice addition...

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This was a tough challenge, but yours looks delicious!

Joanna said...

i did this challenge too and your rule log is stunning!!! i love your take on the traditional french layers. cherry and white chocolate must've been heavenly together.