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January 29, 2021 21:36:36 +0000 (UTC)

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 Yule log   i.imgur.com/XUIELVi.jpg 

After participating in 2018 with  a savory...

Yule log

After participating in 2018 with a savory feast, I was really looking forward to this event being organized again. I really wanted to make something sweet this time!

I originally wanted to make a gingerbread house, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something a bit more advanced to learn more patisserie techniques, so I went for a fancy entremet-style yule log.

In total, it took 5 days to make, but that's mostly because we took long breaks between each steps. My SO and their sibling helped me a ton, I couldn't have done it without them ❤️ Baking together was a lot of fun!

There were 6 elements in total:

  • Almond Dacquoise (biscuit base)
  • Praline croustillant (crispy layer)
  • Vanilla cremeux
  • Vanilla mousse
  • White chocolate mirror glaze
  • Chocolate decorations

A common layer in this kind of entremet is a sponge cake or a ganache, but I think our recipe worked well without those.


Step 1: Praline

Roasted hazelnut covered in caramel then crushed into a spread-like paste (it's delicious by itself!)

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Step 2: Almond Dacquoise

Almonds, sugar and egg whites

Video: Dacquoise

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Step 3: Praline croustillant

Mixing some crushed cookies with the praline before freezing it to get a super nice, crispy layer. My favorite layer of the entremet by far!

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Step 4: Vanilla cremeux

We left it in the freezer overnight, then cut it to fit inside the mousse. Which means we have a lot left, but that's not an issue. It's so good by itself, it's like a rich vanilla pudding.

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Step 5: Vanilla mousse

The preparation was very similar to the cremeux, but we mixed it with whipped cream.

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Step 6: Assemble

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Step 7: Chocolate toppings

I had to remember basic geometry from high school to figure out how to draw a symmetrical flower 😂

It was also my first time tempering chocolate! It wasn't perfect but it held well at least for the photos. It's the Idol Story logo, but I'm sure you noticed 😉

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Step 8: Taking it out of the mold

Yes, that was a whole challenge of its own 😂

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Step 9: Mirror glazing!

I always see videos where people pour glazing on top of their cake and it looks so good so I've always wanted to try that!

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Step 10: Sprinkles

Videos:

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Step 11: Photoshoot & post!


Step 12: Enjoy the deliciousness

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I posted another entry on Sukutomo: https://schoolido.lu/activities/10421365/