The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious and festive Yule Log? And who better to turn to for the perfect recipe than the legendary Julia Child herself? Her Yule Log recipe is not only easy to follow, but it’s also a fun and engaging way to get the whole family involved in the holiday baking.
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cake flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brewed coffee
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and thickened. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cake is set and springs back when touched.
- Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place a clean kitchen towel on top of the cake, and then flip the cake over onto the towel. Carefully peel off the parchment paper and roll up the cake and towel together, starting at the short end. Let the cake cool completely in the rolled position.
- In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until just simmering. Remove from heat and add in the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Let the ganache cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and beat until well combined. Add in the vanilla extract and brewed coffee and mix until smooth.
- Carefully unroll the cooled cake and remove the towel. Spread the buttercream over the cake, leaving a small border around the edges. Re-roll the cake and place it seam-side down on a serving platter.
- Pour the cooled ganache over the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Use a fork to create a bark-like texture on the ganache. Refrigerate the Yule Log until ready to serve.
Serving size: 1 slice
Saturated Fat: 12g
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 10×15 inch jelly roll pan
- Parchment paper
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Small saucepan
- Clean kitchen towel
- Serving platter
The Yule Log is a classic holiday dessert that is perfect for sharing with friends and family. Serve it after a festive holiday meal or as a special treat during a holiday party. You can also garnish it with fresh berries, powdered sugar, or a dusting of cocoa powder for an extra festive touch.
Variations and Substitutions
If you’re looking to switch things up, try adding different flavors to the buttercream or ganache. You can also add chopped nuts or dried fruit to the filling for added texture and flavor. If you’re looking to make a lighter version of the Yule Log, you can substitute the heavy cream and butter with low-fat alternatives.
The Yule Log can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the Yule Log for up to 1 month, just be sure to wrap it well in plastic wrap and foil before freezing.
Tips and Notes
- Be sure to beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and thickened. This will ensure a light and fluffy cake.
- When folding in the egg whites, be sure to do so gently to avoid deflating them.
- Let the cake cool completely in the rolled position to avoid cracking when unrolling and filling.
- Use a serrated knife to make clean slices when serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make the Yule Log ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the Yule Log ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
Can I use a different type of flour?
You can use all-purpose flour instead of cake flour, but the cake may not be as light and fluffy.
Can I use milk chocolate instead of semisweet?
Yes, you can use milk chocolate if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
The Julia Child Yule Log recipe is a classic holiday dessert that never fails to impress. I love how easy it is to make, and how versatile it is when it comes to adding your own personal touches. The cake is light and fluffy, and the combination of buttercream and ganache is a match made in heaven. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out. Your friends and family will thank you!