The french christmas log (recipe and origine)

The french Christmas Log

its origin :

Formerly the christmas log was a very large piece of wood that had to burn for a long time. It was sometimes offered as a gift for heating. It was also tax to pay. The evolution of heating systems has eliminated the tradition which has turned into a pastry to be enjoyed at Christmas time.

Traditional recipe : 

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (for 4 people):
– 6 eggs
– 150 g caster sugar
– 150 g flour
– 11 g of Alsatian yeast
– 250 g chocolate
– 200 g butter
Preparation of the recipe :
Separate the whites from the yolks.
Whisk egg yolks with sugar and 3 tablespoons warm water to make foam.
Add, little by little, the flour and the yeast.
Place the egg whites in snow and gently incorporate them into the previous mixture.
Preheat oven to 180 ° C (thermostat 6).
Roll out the dough in a long, flat pan (pan type) covered with a 1 cm thick cooking paper.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, the biscuit must be lightly browned.

When leaving the oven, place on the biscuit a clean damp cloth and then unmold it and roll. Let cool.


Break the chocolate, and melt it in a bain-marie.

When melted, add soft butter and mix.

Unroll the cake and spread out 2/3 of the chocolate. Then roll the biscuit again on itself.

Cover the biscuit with the remaining chocolate and then, using a fork, stir the top.

Take to the refrigerator.

Do not forget to decorate your log like this for example :

Bon appétit  et joyeux Noël à tous !

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