Saturday, December 27, 2008

December Daring Baker Challenge: French Yule Log

When I saw the December challenge posted at the beginning of the month I was floored. 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. This isn't the yule log that most people think of... this is basically a 6 layer frozen dessert. Yep... 6 different components going into one dessert!

Just reading the recipe was daunting. The recipe document was 18 pages! I printed out the recipe and didn't look at it for a week or two. I was so busy and knew that this challenge was indeed going to be DARING!



Once I finally sat down and read the recipe, I realized that while the recipe would be time consuming, it wasn't going to be difficult. It was going to require some organization and time management, but those are two of my strong suits! :) Most of the 18 pages consisted of variations on the main recipe and once I picked my flavors, it wasn't too bad!



I decided to use a vanilla mousse and make the remaining components chocolate. I didn't have any problems with the recipes. I think the biggest issue came from having to bake the creme brulee MUCH longer than the recipe stated in order for it to set.



Assembling the log was easy and, if I do say so myself, the final product looks great! It definately is a show stopper dessert. I was worried that with all the different layers that it would be overkill, but it worked! It tasted great! My favorite part was the crisp insert which tasted like a Crunch bar, only 100 times better. I LOVED it!!!

Thanks so much to our hosts this month. It was a wonderful challenge and I had a lot of fun with it! Check out the blogroll as I'm sure there are GORGEOUS logs out there!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

20 comments:

HoneyB said...

Great job Cristine! I didn't have it in me to follow thru with the challenge this month.

Megan said...

You make it sound so easy - and it looks great.

I was thinking about you yesterday - you've been awfully quiet since Nathan came home! :)

pinkstripes said...

Looks great! I love the layers. My favorite part was the crispy layer too.

Isabelle said...

c'est très réussi cristine :) bravo !

Hilda said...

Wonderful job Cristine! I'm glad you went through with it, see it wasn't so bad after all, and you even liked the taste of it, which is all the more pleasing for Marion and me. Have a Happy New Year!

Gretchen Noelle said...

This looks great! 18 pages did seem daunting, but you made it work! Happy New Year!!

SUGAR B said...

Wow Cristine. Amazing you had the energy to make this. I love it, I want a slice! ;)

vibi said...

I also thought that the recipe was not so hard, just sooooooooo darn long to complete!
But evidentaly, you had great success... what nice results you got! Bravo, Christine!

Jennifer said...

Holy Cow...this looks SO good!

Happy New Year!

Ingrid said...

I think that's really amazing that you were able to make this considering how busy you were with the holidays, Nathan, and life!

It really did turn out beautifully, very impressive looking! You go girl!
~ingrid

Lori said...

You did an amazing job. It looks great Christine!

Lori said...

it does look great! You did a fabulous job!

Maggie said...

Great looking log! Ours match but in reverse, mine is dark chocolate mousse and everything else white chocolate/vanilla. I thought this was a fun challenge too.

J.Danger said...

18 PAGES?! Man oh man.

Candace said...

Nice job! Like the white chocolate piping on top!

Claire said...

I love your log...it's like a zebra dessert! Fun.

Annarasa said...

Congrats! Its looks lovely.

Apu

breadchick said...

Beautiful contrasting layers on your log. Well done!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You did a wonderful job Cristine! Love the perfect layers!

Laurie said...

It looks gorgeous! Love the white chocolate on top, yum!

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