Monday, December 19, 2011

Yule Log

My mother has fond memories of Christmas as a child and the family always having a Yule Log on the big day. I decided to surprise mom this Christmas and make one especially for her. This is the first one I have ever made and to be honest, it was one of the best desserts that I've ever made. There is not a crumb left so I believe it is safe to say that all enjoyed. I used vanilla beans in my whipped cream this time and will never make it with vanilla extract again. Try a Yule log this Christmas and maybe it will become a tradition for your family also. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek...Merry Christmas!

2/3 cup flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate
2 T water
1 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean-scraped
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 T milk

Preheat oven to 350' . Grease a 15x10 jelly roll pan with butter and line with parchment paper, grease it also (I used my Silpat and still greased it).

Sift flour, soda, and salt together and put aside. Beat eggs on high speed until thick and light, this usually happens in about 5 minutes. Now add in your sugar a little at a time and beat until thick. Melt chocolate and add to the egg mixture with the 2T water. Fold in dry ingredients and mix gently. Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove from pan onto a powdered sugar coated tea towel, I use about a cup of powdered sugar to do this. Now roll tightly into a roll and cool completely. Once roll is cooled, unroll it. Now whip your cream on high and when it begins to thicken up, add your powdered sugar and vanilla bean. Whip until thick. Now spread evenly on your unrolled cake. Roll cake bake up and place seam side down and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in fridge. Now is the time to make your icing, Take softened butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, milk and mix until smooth. Slice two ends off and place on each side of "log". Ice cake all over and then take a fork to make ridges to resemble a log. I sprinkled mine with powdered sugar.

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