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Buche de Noel (Yule Log)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"A traditional French desert that is meant to resemble the yule log."
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1 h 34 m servings 337
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 log)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch jelly roll pan with 1 teaspoon butter and line with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with 1 teaspoon butter.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Combine egg yolks, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Clean the beaters of the electric mixer. Beat egg whites in a bowl on medium-high speed until foamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  5. Fold egg yolk mixture gently into the egg whites. Fold flour mixture in gradually until batter is smooth.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared jelly roll pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, about 30 minutes.
  8. Combine 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, and sour cream in a bowl; blend with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Turn the jelly roll pan so the shorter side faces you. Spread whipped cream over the cake, leaving a 2-inch border at the top. Roll up cake toward the uncovered border, letting the parchment paper fall away as you roll. Place roll seam-side down on a serving platter.
  10. Place 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips. Let stand until chocolate softens, about 3 minutes. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until ganache is smooth and creamy.
  11. Drizzle chocolate ganache over rolled cake. Let stand until set, about 5 minutes. Run a fork through the ganache to create a tree bark effect.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 337 calories; 22.7 32.8 5.4 126 113 Full nutrition

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This is a no fail cake. I did roll it while hot and it rolled beautifully. When I unrolled it to cover in cream it was perfect. I wish this recipe included a ganache for the topping.

This was my first effort at a yule log and it turned out great! I only cooked it for 8 minutes and it was definitely ready to come out, so be careful not to overcook the cake. I also adapted the...

Overall, this is a good recipe. The reason for a 4 star is because the ingredient amounts listed don't match the written instructions, that was a little confusing. FOLLOW THE MEASUREMENTS IN THE...

Excellent recipe.Followed exactly. Recipe for Ganache was good but made a little to much. Next time I will use less when decorating log. I baked for around 10 minutes and cake was perfect.

Turned out really good, never made one before didn't know what to expect. I was out of vanilla extract so I used orange extract which worked for me and reminded me of those Chocolate orange I ge...

I bake it for 11 minutes only do 8-9 minutes