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Catholic Recipe: Chestnut Yule Log


  • 4 cups unsweetened chestnut puree
  • 4 squares plain chocolate (semi-sweet baking chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp strong black coffee
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups icing (confectioners) sugar Decoration:
  • Sifted icing or confectioners sugar
  • Christmas cake decorations.


Yield: 1 yule log

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+

Origin: France


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Also Called: Buche de Noel aux Marrons


1. Beat the chestnut puree until smooth.

2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water and add the coffee.

3. Beat the butter and sugar with the chestnut and chocolate until smooth.

4. Chill in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.

5. Neatly shape the mixture into a log and mark it to look like bark.

6. Chill overnight. Then dust with icing sugar and decorate.

This is a very rich cake. As an alternative you could use a chocolate Swiss roll (or chocolate torte) as a base and mix up 1/4 of the chestnut mixture to use as a covering.

Recipe Source: Feasting for Festivals by Jan Wilson, Lion Publishing Corporation, Batavia, Illinois, 1990