Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 Thanks Peta for the challenge!
                            195gr                                                                      flour
                            1/2 tsp                                                                   baking powder
                            250gr                                                                      chocolate
                            80gr                                                                        butter, room temperature
                            150gr                                                                      brown sugar
                            2                                                                            eggs, room temperature
                            50gr                                                                       cocoa powder
                            50gr                                                                       milk
                            30gr                                                                       tia maria
                            1/2tsp                                                                    instant coffee
                            as preferred                                                           vanilla
                            1/2 cup                                                                  powdered sugar for dusting
Shift flour, cocoa and baking powder together,melt the chocolate in a bain marie and cream the butter with the sugar until soft. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and add the melted chocolate while mixing with the paddle attachment. Dissolve the coffee powder in the milk, combine it with the liquor and vanilla and pour the liquid in the batter. Add the flour mixture, beat until the ingredients are fully combined, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. Then, while the dough is still cold shape 3.5cm-diameter balls and roll them in powdered sugar until completely covered. Finally simply place the balls on a lined tray and bake at a preheated oven to 180C for 15min.
 chocolate crinkles
The original recipe calls for about 260gr marzipan as the inner coating and shape of the branches, however preferring chestnuts I include chestnut paste in the recipe instead. As for the filling, if using cake instead of cookie crumbs reduce the water down to as few as 15gr water. In either case adjust the amount of liquid aiming to a smooth consistency.
                              Cookie dough filling (for 15 pastries)
                              45gr                                                                      liquor
                              40gr                                                                      raisins
                              450gr                                                                    cookie crumbs
                              110gr                                                                    water
                              35gr                                                                      almonds or walnuts, crushed fine
                              85gr                                                                      melted chocolate
                              Chestnut paste
                              400gr                                                                     boiled and peeled chestnuts
                              30gr                                                                       powdered sugar
                              approximately 70gr                                                 simple syrup
                              300gr                                                                     dark coating chocolate, melted
                              1/4 cup                                                                  powdered sugar
For the cookie dough filling first heat the liquor with the raisins and macerate for a few hours. Then grind leftovers of baked cookies in a blender -or omit this step if only using cake scraps- and mix them with water using the paddle attachment and adjusting the amount of liquid to achieve a smooth mixture. If the raisins are still quite dry and hard, chop them coarsely in a food processor and add them to the mixture along with the liquor and nuts. While beating, pour in the melted chocolate and as soon as it has been incorporated, wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate until hard. For the chestnut paste, process the boiled chestnuts with the powdered sugar in a food processor and add as much simple syrup as needed for the paste to be moist and pliable enough. When ready, divide the filling into 3 pieces, roll each one to a 38cm-long rope and cut them to 5 cylinders 7,6cm-long. For each individual log use 21gr of chestnut paste to cover its round surface and since rolling is not useful make the layer by attaching around the filling and spreading four stripes of paste. With some of the remaining paste make 15 9mm-thick and 2cm-long cylinders (branches) and cut them in half at an angle. With the rest of the paste shape mushroom cups and stems. Melt the chocolate and with either the logs or the branches cold use some chocolate as glue to stick the oblique side of each branch with a log. In a similar way assemble the mushrooms. As soon as the branches are well attached ad stable,dip the logs in chocolate, drain of as much as possible and use a knife not only to remove the excess couverture but also to create a wooden texture. Before the chocolate has completely set, place the mushrooms and optionally decorate with chocolate leaves. Finally dip the circular sides in powdered sugar.


  1. They both look so yummy. And by the way, your pictures are beautiful!

  2. I love your Yule Log pasties! I don't think I have ever seen them made from cookie dough. What a great job!

  3. Beautiful job on the challenge! I love chocolate crinkles and I made them often around holidays. Yule log pastries is something new for me, but the recipe is very interesting and I love chestnut cakes.

  4. Great job on the challenge, you have such gorgeous photos!