Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Daring Bakers December Challenge

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

What is a French Yule Log you say? Good question!

It's a frozen dessert made of mousse and other stuff suspended in the mousse. This version is chocolate mouse, with a layer of crispy nutty stuff, a dense rich chocolate ganache layer, a dacquoise layer and a layer of creme brulee. (Although Robb pointed out, there's no brulee, it's just custard.)

Please email for the recipes- I have them in a (19 page!!!) word document ready to send.

I impressed myself with this one. I put it together without any fuss, aside from a little trouble with the broken custard layer, as you can see. Having the cool pan (see photo below) with moving sides also helped.

Speaking of the custard, if it sounds weird and a little gross to have a custard layer suspended in mousse, you are not alone. The flavors are quite compatible, a lovely eggy vanilla custard and a nice chocolate mousse. But I don't get why you'd want the texture contrast. Then, you freeze it?? Ugh, crystals of frozen custard in mousse- no thanks.

On the other hand, the dense ganache layer (dark stripe at the bottom) is terrific. The slightly chewy when frozen, nutty and sweet dacquoise next door to the ganache is pretty fine, too. The middle layer of lighter chocolate is a milk chocolate and hazelnut crispy layer. I took advantage of a short cut offered and instead of making the crispy lace crepes to mix in to the milk chocolate and praline paste, I used Special K. Yes, the cereal. I will be serving this tonight and I'm sure no one will say OMG, there's cereal in this! It totally works.

Thanks Daring Bakers for a terrific challenge. I enjoyed this one.


Claire said...

Great job! I did love the texture of the ganache but my favorite was the mousse...I could eat just that!

Sara said...

Looks beautiful! :)

Anjanette said...

Looks great! I thought the same's not really brulee if it hasn't been brulee'd. And I used Special K as well....vanilla almond special k at that. Great job!

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Renee said...

Your log looks awesome!! Great Job!

Y said...

Looks great! I loved all the layers, and I too am sure no one I offered a slice of this to, guessed that I used cereal in it! :D

Cynthia's Blog said...

You made this work and with such a nice attitude! I got no complaints when I served it.

Elle said...

Bet no one noticed the cereal, just were impressed with your gorgeous Yule Log!

breadchick said...

Very well done on your challenge this month.

Anonymous said...

That's funny about the creme bruleƩ. I bet it would be good if there was a little layer of cooked sugar.