Friday, December 26, 2008

Chocolate and Pistachio Yule Log


The traditional Christmas yule log has been our dessert of choice for years during the holidays - and this year I finally made my own. The versatility of this dessert is great. You can flavor the filling however you choose and add flavoring to the genoise cake too. You can also make a simple whipped cream to cover the cake instead of the more traditional Christmassy buttercream. I loved the green color of the cake - it made it look wonderfully festive for a night of family gathering around a plethora of food.

Recipe
For the genoise:
4 eggs
120 grams of sugar
60 grams of flour
60 grams of powdered pistachios
A pinch of salt
For the filling:
1 container of mascarpone
2 tablespoons of melted dark chocolate, cooled
For the buttercream:
2 eggs
100 grams of confectioner's sugar
250 grams of butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

For the genoise:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Separate the yolks from the whites. In a bowl, mix the yolks and sugar until the mixture whitens. Add the flour, and powdered pistachio gradually. In a separate bowl, add the pinch of salt to the egg whites and beat until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Gently fold the whites in the yolk mixture until the mixture is homogeneous and smooth.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the batter to form a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Even out the batter using a spatula. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The cake is done when you can gently press the cake with your thumb and the imprint disappears after a couple seconds.
Filling:
Mix the mascarpone and melted chocolate in a bowl while the cake is baking, and place in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Lay a damp dish towel onto a flat surface and cover with a large piece of parchment paper. Once the cake is done, immediately invert it onto the parchment paper. Gently start rolling the cake (as you would sushi) until you form a log. This must be done while the cake is still warm in order for it not to crack. Leave the rolled cake to cool down.
Buttercream:
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk while progressively adding the sugar. Continue beating it over a bain-marie until the mixture thickens. Remove it from the heat and continue beating it until it cools completely. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and salt using an electric mixer until it ressembles whipped cream (5-10 minutes). Add the vanilla. Add the butter to the cooled egg mixture. The eggs must be cooled in order not to curdle. Mix until the buttercream is homogenous.
To assemble:
Unroll the cake and gently spread the mascarpone mixture on one side. Make sure the layer is even and not to close to the borders. Gently roll the cake up again. An additional, optional step is to wrap the entire cake in plastic wrap, twist it at the ends, and let sit in the fridge for 20 minutes to compress the layers together. Cover the cake with buttercream and decorate as you please. Enjoy!

25 comments:

Nina's Cooking 4 Fun said...

My favorite Yule Log !!!!!
I love it! Enjoy the holidays !
Nina

nicisme said...

That is one beautiful yule log!
Merry Christmas!

Y said...

Just gorgeous! Love the greenness of the pistachios :)

HoneyB said...

This looks yummy!

Dawn said...

I just love baking with marscapone. This looks amazing!

Cherie said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Got any leftovers?

Dana Treat said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Love the color. I am so intimated by the Yule Log!

QlinArt said...

Mmmmh,THAT looks amazingly decadent.
Happy Holidays!

ovenhaven said...

The yule log looks perfect! I don't think I've ever had one with pistachios. Hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones! Happy holidays :)

Passionate About Baking said...

How beautiful & elegant. Love the idea of pistachios in the roll. Chocolate & pistachios are a great great combination. Happy holidays to you! May the new year br filled with joy, warmth & happiness for you & your family! Cheers Deeba

Elra said...

Hoooo why didn't I think of using pistachios for this log? I am sure it tasted great.
Well done,
Elra

Kevin said...

That looks great! I really like the use of the pistachios!

Emily said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm a fan of pistachio.

Maria said...

Lovely Yule log!

Maria said...

Lovely Yule log!

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous cake!!

dessert girl said...

Mmmm...I love pistachios!

CookiePie said...

What a beautiful yule log - the color is magnificent! Love the flavors too. Hope you're having wonderful holidays!

Natalie said...

Absolutely beautiful... really spectacular.

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

What a mouthwatering photo! I love the colors.

Happy New Year!

gail said...

Chocolate and cake is good, pistachio makes it over the top! mmm!

Mallory Elise said...

im surprised so many people know the moomins! everyone i know says --the who?? ah but thats brilliant! i wish everyone knew them! the world would be a better place. :)

this pinwheel looks perfect! thank god someone finally used pistachio in a christmas cake--all of the DB buche's are all looking the same, so much, chocolate! eh, but looking down the page, i'm in love with that photo of the chocolate truffles.

happy 2009!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year!

The Blonde Duck said...

I just found your blog and wanted to drop in and say hi! Gorgeous!

Anne @ Pink Galoshes said...

What an awesome recipe. I adore anything pistachio and chocolate!

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