Recipe

Yule Log

  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 stick of butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound of semi-sweet chocolate, cut into pieces
  • Sponge cake
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Shaker of powdered sugar

Directions

  • In a heavy bottom saucepan, over medium heat, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, and salt together. Bring the liquid to a boil. Temper the egg yolks into the hot cream. Stir in the butter. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 12 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pecans, coconut and vanilla. Cool the mixture completely. Set the mixture aside. In a non-stick saucepan, over medium heat, combine the cream and chocolate pieces. Stir until the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to cool, lifting the mixture out of the pan several times with a spoon. The mixture should be glossy and slightly thick. Set the mixture aside. To assemble, spread the coconut/pecan icing evenly over the sheet cake. Starting from one of the long sides, roll the cake up tightly, like a jelly roll. Wrap the cake tightly in parchment paper and then wrap the cake in plastic wrap. Place the cake in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and carefully unwrap the cake. Place a wire rack over a piece of parchment paper. Place the cake, seam side down, on the rack. Evenly pour the chocolate ganache over the cake, letting the chocolate run down the sides of the cake. If the poured chocolate does not ice the cake completely, use a clean knife and spread the chocolate evenly over the unexposed areas. Using a fork, run the tines of the fork back and forth across the cake. Refrigerate the cake for 2 hours or until the ganache is set. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and using a long spatula, carefully remove the cake from the rack and place on a serving platter. Garnish the cake with fresh mint sprigs and powdered sugar.