Yule log

Made with: BAHIBE 46%

Steps: 6

An original recipe by Baptiste Blanc, L'École Valrhona Pastry Chef.

Makes 3 large U-Shaped Yule log molds (Ref. 2171).

Recipe steps


  • 140gwhole milk
  • 280geuropean butter
  • 290gbread flour
  • 420geggs
  • 330geggs yolks
  • 630gegg whites
  • 170gsugar
  1. Melt the butter along with the milk, and bring to a simmer before adding the sifted flour.
  2. Leave this dough to dry out before adding the eggs and yolks off the heat. At the same time, whip up the egg whites while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Gently mix the choux pastry with the meringue before spreading out on a 40 x 60cm tray.
  4. Bake at 200°C (390°F) for 10 minutes.


  • 470gwhipping cream
  • 60ginvert sugar
  • 60gglucose
  • 1200gwhipping cream
  • 610gBAHIBE 46%
  1. Heat the smaller portion of cream, the glucose and the invert sugar.
  2. Slowly pour the hot mixture over the melted BAHIBÉ 46% couverture. Immediately mix using an immersion blender to make a perfect emulsion.
  3. Add the larger portion of cold cream. Mix using the immersion blender again. Leave to set in the refrigerator, preferably for 12 hours.
  4. Whisk until the texture is consistent enough to use in a piping bag or with a spatula.


  • 490gclementines
  • 330gmandarin purée
  • 8.8gmandarin concentrate
  • 160gsugar
  • 6.6gpectin NH
  1. Wash and scrub the clementines. Boil them three times in a large quantity of water to remove the bitterness. Drain. Cut them in half, then remove the white center, and cut into wedges. Blend the clementines with the fruit purée.
  2. Mix a small quantity of sugar with the pectin NH, then add the blended clementines.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, add the remaining sugar and stir vigorously.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture onto a tray so it can cool down quickly.


  • 2.9gpowdered gelatin
  • 15gwater for the gelatin
  • 29gwhipping cream
  • 180gchestnut paste
  • 88gchestnut cream
  • 330gwhipped cream
  1. Hydrate the gelatin. Heat up the cream and gelatin to 45°C (115°F).
  2. Mix together the chestnut cream and paste, then gradually pour the hot cream onto the chestnut mixture.
  3. Whip up the remaining whipped cream and combine with the chestnut mixture.


  • 250gchestnut paste
  • 120gchestnut cream
  • 81gEuropean butter
  1. Mix all the ingredients together, including the cold diced butter. Do this until you have a homogeneous, creamy, slightly blanched texture.

Assembly and finishing

ASSEMBLY: Spread 300g of Compote over the Choux Sponge and freeze for 5 minutes. Use a piping bag with a 16mm nozzle to pipe on the Chestnut Mousse and loosely roll up the Choux Sponge. Lightly whip the Whipped Ganache and spread 400g onto the Choux Sponge. Use a piping bag and an 8mm nozzle to pipe out about 150g of Chestnut Vermicelli, then roll the log up as you would for a traditional Yule log. Squeeze the log to give it an even shape and place it in a Large U-shaped mold (Ref. 2171). Freeze.

FINISHING: Cover the log with approx. 200g of Whipped Ganache and smooth it out using clear acetate. Use a piping bag with a 10mm nozzle to pipe out two rows of unevenly sized Ganache drops, leaving a space between each one. Use a sheet of acetate paper to slightly flatten the Ganache, then freeze. Remove the acetate paper and spray the BAHIBÉ Spray Mix onto the log while it is still very cold to give it a velvety finish. Add a little Clementine Compote to the log. Sketch 9cm whirls of tempered BAHIBÉ 46% couverture onto a sheet of acetate paper and grate on more BAHIBÉ 46% couverture before it sets. For the sides of the log, use a flattened pastry cone to create a drip effect on a sheet of acetate paper. Put a second sheet on top to flatten the decoration. Place it in a Large U-shaped mold (Ref. 2171) to give it a curve. Leave to harden at 16°C (60°F). Cut out and decorate the Yule logs. (See photo).

TIP: To make the Chestnut Mousse insert, you can pour it into a tube made using acetate paper. This way, you will obtain a completely round insert and the log will be a lot easier to make!

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