Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.
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Yule Log With Chocolate Ganache: An Easy Christmas Classic

Delicious chocolate yule log is easy to prepare & will be a hit at the Christmas table. Step-by-step recipe of the roulé cake and the chocolate ganache.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buche, chocolate, christmas, dessert, french, yule log
Servings: 8 people
Author: Mélanie

Equipment

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 4 eggs medium
  • 1/4 cup sugar 100g
  • 2 tbsp butter soft
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • Less than 1 cup flour (more than 2/3) 100g
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the ganache

  • 150 ml heavy cream 2/3 of a cup
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 150 ml heavy cream (cold) 2/3 of a cup

Instructions

For the cake

  • Preheat the oven at 400F
    Yule loge: all the ingredients to prepare the roule cake for the yule log.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until the colour is lighter.
    yule log: eggs and sugar and red stand mixer on the side.
  • Add the soft butter. Mix.
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer in action. Butter on the side.
  • Add the almond extract. Mix.
    Yule loge: Almond extract being poured in the batter, red stand mixer on the side.
  • Add the baking powder. Mix
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer and sugar being poured in the batter
  • Add the flour in 3 or 4 times to allow the preparation to stay without any lump.
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer in action and a bowl of flour on the side
  • Prepare a parchemin on a baking sheet. (size 15 x12)
    Yule loge: Batter in a big bowl and the sheet pan with parchemin paper
  • Pour the preparation.
    batter in the sheet pan. uncooked
  • Bake 10 minutes at 400F.
    Cake in a sheet pan with a red dish towel on the side
  • Take a clean dish towel and flip the cake on it.
    removing the parchemin paper from the cake.
  • While it is still warm, roll the cake with the dish towel.
    rolling the roule cake in a red dish towel in a shape of the yule log
  • Set aside and allow to cool.
    Red dish towel rolled with a hand holding it. Shape of the yule log

For the ganache

  • Cut the chocolat in small pieces. Warm up the cream and pour it.
    Yule loge: Chocolate in small pieces in a white bowl, heavy cream being poured
  • Stir and allow to cool 5 minutes.
    Yule loge: Melted chocolate with heavy cream in a white bowl.
  • Add the rest of the cream (cold) and set aside in the fridge.
    Yule loge: Heavy cream being poured in the melted chocolate to prepare the ganache for the yule log.
  • Once out of the fridge and cooled down, using an electric whisk, whip the ganache.

Assembling

  • Delicately, unroll the cake and remove the dish towel. Spread the ganache.
    Ganache spread on the roule cake to form the yule log.
  • Spread heavenly the ganache and roll your cake. Cut the extremities.
    yule loge rolled and the ends are cut
  • Use the extremities to make a 'branch', spread the remaining of the ganache.
    Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.
  • Decorate with sprinkle, chocolate pieces or mini Christmas items.
    Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.