Tatin Yule Log

Tatin Yule Log/ Bûche de Noël - Bruno Albouze -THE REAL DEAL

Tatin Yule Log Recipe / Bûche de Noël Façon Tatin
Serves 10. Use a baking tray or similar pan 9x13’’ (23x33cm) and a silicone or metal yule log mold lined with parchment:10’’x3.25’’x3’’(25.5x8x7.5cm).
Make this dessert a day ahead. Store for up to 48 hours in the fridge. Do not freeze. If served warm, add chantilly on side.

Sablée Breton/French Butter Cookie
10 Tbsp (150g) butter, room temp
0.10 ounce (3g) fleur de sel/salt
0.6 cup (125g) raw sugar
3 ea. (60g) egg yolks
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract, paste or bean
1/3 cup (40g) almond meal
1.3 ounces (40g) whole almonds, crushed
1.5 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
1.2 Tbsp (18g) baking powder.

Combine and sift flour with baking powder. In a food processor, crush whole almonds and transfer into a bowl. Cream butter with salt and sugar, add yolks and vanilla. Add flour in 2 times, then the almonds. Mix to combine – wrap up and chill.
Meanwhile, cut off a piece of paperboard into the size of the base of the mold. On a floured work surface, work out pastry to soften and roll out into a 1/4 inch/6mm thick even rectangle, prick with a fork. Place paperboard on the top and trim off excess pastry 1/2’’/1.25cm all around edges and chill. Save leftover sablée Breton for extra cookies.
Bake sablée Breton at 350ºF (180ºC) for 30 minutes – cool for 10 min, then trim off edges to match the size of the log bottom.

Vanilla Chantilly
0.8 ounce (2g) gelatin sheet, soaked in cold water to soften and drain.
2 ounces (60g) white chocolate, melted
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla extract, paste or bean
1.2 cups (300g) heavy cream.

Heat up half of the heavy cream and vanilla, pour in melted chocolate and mix. Add gelatin, blend well and add remaining cold heavy cream; chill overnight. Whip to soft peaks. Pipe out straight over finished desserts or use silicone molds for some fancier results. In addition to taste great, this chantilly recipe holds its shape and freezes very well thanks to the cocoa butter content in white chocolate and gelatin.

11 ea ≈5.5 ounces (170g) apple* 4lb./1850g, peeled, cored, cut in half and thinly sliced (the thinner the better/use sharp knife or mandoline)

Caramel & Baking
0.8 cup (170g) sugar
2 Tbsp (20g) sugar mixed with 0.8 tsp (4g) pectin NH*, or the juice of one lemon
4 Tbsp (60g) salted butter, cubed and chilled
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla paste or extract or a bean (scrap out seeds)
1 Tbsp (15g) olive oil.

*Best suitable apples for apple tartin are: Pink Lady or Cripps Pink, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Rennet.*Pectin helps to gelify the whole structure.
In a hot frying pan, make a caramel a sec (caramel without water). Good caramel should rather be dark brown but not burned. Whisk in sugar pectin mixture – add butter gradually on low heat making sure is completely smooth, then add salt and vanilla. Pour caramel into a 9x13’’ (23x33cm) baking tray lined with silicone mat or parchment paper. Arrange sliced apples (round side down) into tight rows and top with apple ends. Drizzle olive oil and bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 40 minutes. Press gently, cover and bake for another 40 minutes to soften. Apples should be soft enough to fit in the mold.
In a yule log mold lined with parchment paper, transfer apple slices into neat rows: begin from the center, then sides, fill up gaps with ends. Fold parchment over, cover and bake again for 55 minutes. Total baking time: 2:20 hours. It takes that long to reach the desired color and texture. Once baked, press down a bit and let cool to room temperature for 3 hours and chill overnight*. Top with sable Breton, flip and unmold over clean tray and glaze if desired.

*Indeed, the tarte Tatin should be completely chilled before unmolding. It prevents from unfortunate mishandling when flipping and risk of burning. It also allows the liquid to be fully absorbed by the apples during resting and cooling phase.

Neutral Glaze/Nappage (Optional)
0.8 cup (200g) water
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 Tbsp (10g) pectin NH
1 ounces (30g) glucose or corn syrup
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla extract, paste or bean (optional)
0.10 ounce (3g) gelatin sheet, soaked in cold water to soften and drain.

Mix sugar and pectin; set aside. Warm up water and whisk in sugar-pectin mixture; bring to boil – add glucose and vanilla; bring to a boil again. Remove from the heat and add gelatin. Sieve, cool and chill. Scrap out impurities formed on the surface before using. Use at 105/122ºF (40/50ºC). Neutral glaze can be stored for weeks in the refrigerator or frozen for months.

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Silikomart Yule Log Mold

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