Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Argentine Yule Log

A cross-section of the Yule log

Dear readers,

Happy New Year! I apologise for posting this after Christmas, however, I know that there are a few people who celebrate Christmas later than others, for one reason or another. Also, my friends and I like to share a "Fake Christmas" some time early in the New Year. Therefore, this recipe may still be useful at this time of year!

When I was in Argentina, I really wanted to share something English at Christmas, and combine both the English and Argentine cultures in one dessert.

The outside of the Yule log

The idea came into my head... why not make a chocolate Yule log, but use dulce de leche as the filling in order to make it Argentine?!

So, my boyfriend and I went ahead and baked a Yule log. We really struggled to find cocoa in the shops of Buenos Aires, and so decided to keep the sponge coffee flavoured. This worked well because the sickly-sweet dulce de leche was "calmed down" (slightly) by the bitterness of the coffee. We also added coffee to the icing to make it truly mocha.

We used a standard Yule log recipe but substituted the cocoa in the sponge for some instant coffee, and used the filling of dulce de leche and a mocha butter icing. We didn't have the best cooking tray for the sponge so it ended up slightly squidgy and slightly burnt, too. Fortunately, although it sank a little, the dulce de leche covered up any burnt flavours and we didn't receive any complaints!

Dulce de leche oozing out of a slice of the Yule log

We served this at the big dinner on Christmas Eve (Christmas is mainly celebrated on Christmas Eve in Argentina) and it was a great success! It was so well received that the family demanded more for the larger celebrations for New Year. We decided to create a double-sized Yule log (AKA a Yule tree) for the New Year Celebrations. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

21 comments:

  1. Wow, oozing with DDL. Great Argentinian twist.

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  2. What a great idea to incoraporate DLL in chocolate roll. The oozing DDL gave the cake lots of extra factor...YUM!

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  3. Wow, wow, wow! This totally has me drooling.

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  4. Awesome dish..I would surely love to give it a try..Thank you so much for posting it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  5. Happy new year to you too!

    This looks a fab twist on a yule log - love the shot of the dulce de leche oozing out - like tree resin!

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  6. Happy New Year Hazel!
    Dulce de Leche is irrisistable and looks especially fabulous oozing from the yule log.

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  7. There are no words to describe how awesome this looks.

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  8. Hello Hazel,
    This is my first time on your blog - you have a wonderful blog with lots of interesting recipes.I loved browsing through your posts and am signing on as your newest follower from now on:) Do visit my blog sometime and I hope you'll like being there too!

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  9. wow fun yule log and love the posts from Argentina would love to visit one day

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  10. I am always up for dulce de leche, and this looks delicious!

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  11. I've always wanted to make Buche de Noel! Yours looks great.

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  12. the dulce de leche looks fabolous in that shoot!! you really made it look so decadent and delicious

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  13. That yule log looks so delicious! Happy New Year!

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  14. Wow, so irresistible! That is one scrumptious Yule log.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. Çok güzel ellerinize sağlık..sevgilerrr...

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  16. oh my gosh I think I've died and gone to heaven! CHOC-HEAVEN!! I need this in my life!!

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  17. Oh this is so amazing! I think the coffee idea is inspirational! Wow! My first time here and am following you on Google connect now! If you fancy a whole month of chocolate (!), check out my site! Lin xx

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  18. Oh wow look at that caramel! Delicious!!

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  19. This looks perfectly gooey and yummy just the way I like desserts :)

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  20. Wow, This looks SO delectable! Good call on the coffee and dulce de leche. Sounds like a delicious variation.

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  21. Just looks awesome......very nice pics..... yum n delicious!

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