Saturday, 22 December 2007

Daring Bakers December Challenge: Yule Log

This was my first challenge and it was hosted by Lis and Ivonne, the founders,  and the recipe chosen by 'em was for a Yule Log, which was basically genoise and swiss meringue buttercream. Anybody who remembers my first attempt at meringue buttercream would understand why I was abit nervous. My genoise was just fine. I spread chocolate ganache over it before rolling it up, and decided to tackle the buttercream the next day. It turned out that I was both, luckier and otherwise in comparison to my last time.

The buttercream was fine till I decided it looked runny and refrigerated it for a while (
special thanks to Helene of Tartelette for all the tips for buttercream gone awry). What came out was a deflated curdled mass. Whisking it didn't help. So I tried melting 25% of it and adding it back to the lot and whisking again, it did get slightly better, but only slightly. I was tired and frustrated and was quite sure I didn't want to have another go, starting from the beginning, so I just put the curdled mass in a mixer grinder along with icing sugar and pulsed it. Viola, it got better, I added some more icing sugar and pulsed some more, and the buttercream came together! I thanked my stars! Though it wasn't light and fluffly but it was atleast spreadable!

Since I didn't get the time to take pictures while making, am posting a few of the finished thing which was liked by all! So here it is, with a few marzipan mushrooms and some cocoa.



















Do check out the other Daring Bakers for some more logs!

42 comments:

michelle said...

Looks tasty! Melted chocolate was a great idea!

Lis said...

I have to agree with Michelle, that melted chocolate in the middle looks heavenly! =)

And if you had not said anything about the buttercream, I never would have known you had a problem - it looks great!

Well done, Aamena! Welcome to the Daring Bakers! =)

xoxo

Chris said...

Great job!

zorra said...

I love the dark filling! Looks geat.

Aamena said...

Thanks everyone! Its so nice to have your work appreciated!

Thanks Lis, I think am going to immensely enjoy being a DB!

ostwestwind said...

I like the dark filling, it looks more like a log. Great work!

Tartelette said...

Great job! It looks delicious and I like the chocolate layer in the middle. Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

redactedrecipes said...

Nice work!

Ann

maybahay said...

well done!

Gigi said...

ooooh, the melted chocolate looks heavenly circled in the cake! Great job on your yule log.

Kim Stone said...

Lovely Log! Love the contrast of the genoise and chocolate.

Carla said...

Sorry the buttercream decided to go weird on you but the filling looks killer.

glamah16 said...

Love the contrast of the genoise with the filling and buttercream. Great first challenge.

marias23 said...

Delicious looking! May I have a piece?

Claire said...

Oooo, I love the look of the chocolate on the inside. Makes it look more "loggy!" Good job!

Aamena said...

thanks everyone!

Hilda said...

I think I'm going to have to try melted chocolate in the middle next, I did chocolate buttercream and pears. Great job on your log, welcome to the Daring Bakers!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

All part of being Daring Aamena! It would seem you sure have the spirit.
Love the chocolate, so much like tree rings!
Welcome to the gang!

Beth G. said...

YUM!! it looks delicious!! I did the buttercream twice- yours looks totally yummy!!

Peabody said...

Way to get creative and save your buttercream.

Cheryl said...

Great job. I am glad you stayed with the buttercream. Love the chocolate in the middle.

creampuff said...

Congratulations on your first DB challenge! You did a great job ... Happy Holidays!

Lunch Buckets said...

Congratulations from another first timer!

Dolores said...

Congratulations and welcome! Great job with your very first challenge. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a warm and wonderful 2008.

Lynnylu said...

Congratulations on your first challenge-a big one!

the pastry princess said...

fantastic log!! the chooclate filling was such a good idea.. and no worries about the buttercream...practice makes perfect :)

Eleria|Cherry said...

Yummmmy! Chocolate is fabulous with the genoise and buttercream! Great looking log there! Merry christmas =)

Anne said...

That's a brilliant filling! And I'm glad the buttercream turned out ok, even if it was problematic!

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

I think that the buttercream looks more like bark than mine, good spreading there!

coco said...

Oh I made mine with melted chocolate too! Thats what made it all the more delectable.

Julius said...

Lovely bûche de Noël! Great job working the buttercream.

Julius from Occasional Baker

Aamena said...

hey bev, to be honest i really didnt have to do anything, it was the consistency of my buttercream which went way awry, that as i spread it, it looks pretty much like a bark, so it was no effort from my part!
Happy Holidays everyone!

Ben said...

Hmmm chocolate. Luckily, I didn't have any problem with the buttercream. Maybe because I decided I wasn't going to worry about it, or because the temperature on my kitchen was just right, I don't know. The challenge was a lot of fun and the best part is that I am meeting so many wonderful bloggers like yourself. I am subscribing to your blog right away :D

Gretchen Noelle said...

The ganache middle looks wonderful and I do like the texture your buttercream ended up with. Great job facing the challenge as a new Daring Baker!

Deborah said...

I'm so glad you were able to get the buttercream to come together! Great job on your first challenge!

Jen Yu said...

Oooh, nice job on the yule log and congrats for saving the buttercream frosting!! It looks delicious.

jen at use real butter

wmpe said...

What a cute little log! I used a whipped ganache as the filling too. Lovely cake. Wendy

Anonymous said...

umm ... i bet it better be yummmm ... have never been that big a baking enthusiast but this sweet log sure took the cake, bakery ...everything away.. must say seeing your awesome recipes taking shape seems a cake walk ... but am sure trying to get that consistency, which u so modestly dismissed as been darn lucky, still would need hell lotta cake work:P pardon the pun, which didn't work.. anyways I keep following the baking bits you guys keep sharing its awesome ...Bake it up:p

Quellia said...

Your log looks great - how did you get the color for it?

Shandy said...

This Yule logs looks absolutely wonderful! You did a fantastic job and I think that it is even better because you did run into an obstacle and you made it work! High five and Happy New Years! =D I love your pictures too. Very nice
Shandy @Pastry Heaven

BC said...

Great work for your first challenge. The buttercream seemed quite a technical challenge.

aamena said...

quellia, it was just the coffee.

BC, i really hope i will overpower buttercream some day... people who have got it right say their's nothing better!