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Fr. Paul Seil's Yule Log - Christmas 2009

Our Daily Bread" Christmas Show 2009
As seen on "Our Daily Bread" 12/25/09 at Noon
"Our Daily Bread" airs every second Saturday at noon on WKBW Ch. 7 

Fr. Paul's Yule Log
The Yule log has three components – Ganache, Butter Cream and the Cake

To a large bowl add:
12 oz. chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup cream which has just come to a boil
1 tsp. cognac or brandy
Set about 1 minute and then stir well to melt all the chocolate. Then chill.

Butter Cream
To a mixing bowl add:
1 stick butter
½ stick shortening
Cream for 5 minutes
Then add:
1 lb. powdered sugar
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup Grand Marnier (optional)
Mix well and then beat for 10 minutes.

To a mixing bowl add:
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
A pinch of salt
Place the bowl over a hot water bath and whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the eggs reach 100 degrees in temperature.
Then place the bowl onto a mix master and whisk until the eggs are doubled or tripled in volume. While the eggs are in the mixer prepare the dry ingredients.

To a bowl add:
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup corn starch
½ cup cocoa powder
Stir gently to mix.

Once the eggs are doubled in size fold in the dry ingredients.
Prepare a cookie sheet by spreading it with butter and covering it with parchment paper.
Pour the batter over the parchment paper.
Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 10 – 12 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE.

Once the cake has cooled a bit, dust it with powdered sugar and roll it into a dish cloth. Leave it rolled up for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes unroll the cake. Spread the butter cream over the cake and use the parchment paper to roll the cake up like a jelly roll, removing the paper as you roll. Place the roll seam side down on a plate. On a diagonal, cut about 3 inches off the cake and place it to the side of the cake to look like a log. Frost with ganache. Use a fork to make ribs in the chocolate. Place sprigs of rosemary leaves around and in the cake to look like evergreen branches. Place a few marshmallow mushrooms around the cake. Then dust with powdered sugar, to make the log seem snow covered.

Marshmallow Mushrooms
Toast one side of a marshmallow. Cut it in half. Cut the non-toasted end in half to form a stem. Place the stem onto a toothpick and place the toasted end on top to form a mushroom.