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January 3, 2012

Yule Log

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Festival : Christmas Region : British
 Recipe by : ,Cochin , India
Last Updated: 3-1-2012
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Made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature log, it is a traditional desert served during Christmas in many European countries.

It resembles an age old custom of cutting a yule log and lighting it on the fire hearth during Christmas.


Sugar : 1/4 cup/50 gms + 2 Tablespoons
Eggs : 6 large, separated
Vanilla Extract : ½ Teaspoon
Chocolate, cooking : 4 oz/112 gms
Vinegar : ¾ teaspoon
Chocolate whipped cream:
Fresh heavy cream : 1 cup/240ml
Vanilla Extract : ½ tsp
Sugar : 3 Tablespoons/40 gms
Cocoa powder : 1 ½ Tablespoon
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Method :

Combine ingredients for chocolate whipped cream in bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour to let cocoa dissolve.

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Coat a 17 x 12 inch(43 x 30cms) baking pan with butter generously. Line pan with a sheet of butter paper, butter thoroughly and flour the paper.

Melt the chopped chocolate in a pan set over simmering water. Stir smooth and cool.

Separate eggs, placing whites and yolks in separate bowls.

Beat the egg yolks with the ¼ cup sugar for 5 mins till it doubles in volume and forms a ribbon when the beaters are lifted. Scrape bowl often while beating. Add vanilla extract and beat in.

Add the melted chocolate and beat only to combine & set aside. With clean beaters, beat the egg whites till foamy. Add the vinegar and beat to soft peaks. Sprinkle the 2 Tablespoons sugar over and beat till firm peaks form. Stir a generous spoon of the beaten egg whites into the egg yolks to lighten the yolk mixture. Then fold in the remainder of the egg whites gently & thoroughly. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Bake for 15 – 17 minutes, till the cake has puffed up, lost its shine and springs back when touched. Remove pan from oven and place on rack to cool. Cover cake lightly with a sheet of butter paper.

Beat the chocolate whipped cream to stiff peaks using clean beaters.

Spread the cooled cake with whipped cream. (Keep 2 tablespoons aside if forming a tree branch as given below) Gently roll up cake from the short side and place seam side down on serving dish. If desired, cut a 2 inch thick slice off one end and attach to the side of the cake using the reserved whipped cream, to resemble a tree branch.

Fill a sieve with icing sugar and tap over cake to coat generously and resemble freshly fallen snow. Keep chilled till served.

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