Red velvet yule log
- Difficulty: Average
- Prep time: 2 h
- Cook time: 20 min
- Serving: 8 people
- Cost: Low
- Note + 3 h cooling
At Christmas are you a fan of Pandoro or do you prefer to tuck into some Panettone? It's difficult to please everyone, unless of course you decide to prepare some red velvet yule log, in all its deliciousness and beauty! We created it with Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas lunch in mind: a refined, majestic and festively decorated cake. A white butter and sugar cream for a snow-covered dessert and a soft, bright red cookie will make a delicious and colorful alternative to typical Yule log. Fresh, delicious and enticing: this festive dessert will tastefully decorate your buffet with a touch of originality, winning over even the most demanding of palates!
- Ingredients for the base
- Eggs 3 (165 g) - (medium)
- Egg yolks 3 (45 g) - ( medium)
- Sugar ¾ cup (150 g)
- Flour 00 3 cups (150 g)
- Vanilla bean 1
- Unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbsp (10 g)
- Food coloring to taste - (liposoluble liquid, gel or powder, red color)
- For the filling
- Cream cheese 3 cups (500 g)
- Heavy cream ⅔ cup (150 g)
- Wildflower honey 2 tbsp (50 g)
How to prepare Red velvet yule log
To prepare red velvet yule log, place the whole eggs and yolks at room temperature in the planetary mixer bowl 1 along with the sugar and the seeds of the vanilla bean 2. Start beating the mixture with the whisk, then add the red coloring 3.
Stir for around 10 minutes until puffy and frothy. Sieve and add the flour 4 and cocoa powder 5 to the mixture, then gently stir with a whisk 6.
Place the mixture in a 12x16 inch buttered baking tray lined with parchment paper 7. Spread the mixture out evenly using a spatula 8. Bake in a static oven at 374°F (190°C) for around 20 minutes. Remove from the oven after this time 9.
Remove from the tray right away and place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to cool thoroughly 10. In the meantime, prepare the cream for the filling. Place the fresh cheese in a large bowl, then add the honey and the fresh liquid milk 11. Beat the ingredients with an electric whisk into a smooth and soft cream 12.
Remove the film from the soft dough and leave it on the sheet of parchment paper. Trim the edges 13. Pour the honey cream over the biscuit base and spread evenly using a spatula 14 to coat the entire surface 15.
Using the sheet of paper, delicately roll the topped cookie base 16 to form a roll 17. Seal the roll in the wrap and leave to rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours 18.
Once the cooling time is up, place the roll on a cutting board and taper both ends with a slanted cut 19 to create the two outer branches of the Yule log. Arrange the leaves either side of the Log on the serving plate (or board) 20. Prepare the cream for the topping. Place the cold butter and sugar in the planetary mixer bowl 21 and beat with the whisk blade into a firm and smooth cream.
Add the Sambuca liqueurr 22 and stir some more for a couple of minutes 23. Place 2/3 of the cream in a piping bag with a flat ruffle piping tip 24.
Use a spatula to cover the surface of the log with the butter cream 25, which will be the base for the decoration. Use the piping bag to create the striped decoration, covering the entire surface of the log 26. Smooth the edges on both ends using a spatula. Garnish the red velvet yule log with a few fresh raspberries, lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar and star aniseed pieces.
Red velvet Yule log can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
To get ahead with the preparation, the biscuit base can be made a few days earlier; store it in the freezer once thoroughly cooled. Leave to defrost in the refrigerator over night the day before using it.
Liquid, gel or powdered coloring can be used, simply add to the beaten eggs. The important thing is that they are liposoluble.
The filling cream can also be enriched with lemon or orange peel, vanilla or cinnamon.