Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

The recipe and photos for this post were updated in December 2020.

This Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log is something a bit different from the traditional yule log. It’s a light chocolate sponge filled with salted caramel sauce and chestnut cream, covered in chocolate ganache, lashings of salted caramel sauce and some salted caramel fudge on top. It’s a very grown up and decadent holiday dessert!

Chestnuts are very popular in desserts in europe, and they give the cream a gorgeous nutty flavour. You can buy ready made and sweetened chestnut puree, or ready cooked chestnuts that you can easily blend and sweeten to create the puree. If you’ve not tried them in desserts before, I highly recommend it!

How to make Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log…

Firstly, I made the chocolate ganache by melting double cream, butter and dark chocolate together. Then I left it to cool and thicken. I whisked up eggs with caster sugar in my food mixer for 8 minutes until it had trebled in size and reached ribbon stage. This means where you can make a figure eight on the batter and it doesn’t sink back into itself.

I sieved out plain flour and cocoa powder into a bowl and then folded it into the egg mixture. Then I poured the batter into the tin and tipped it to spread the mixture out into each corner. I baked it for 12 minutes.

I immediately tipped it out onto another sheet of baking paper and rolled it up, rolling the fresh sheet of baking paper with it. Then I left it to cool fully on a cooling rack. I made the chestnut puree by mixing together cooked and peeled chestnuts, icing sugar, vanilla and water in a blender.

I unrolled the cooled sponge and spread salted caramel sauce all over it. For the chestnut cream, I whipped up some double cream and stirred the chestnut puree into it.

I spread the cream over the caramel sauce, then rolled the sponge back up. Then I covered the whole thing with the chocolate ganache. To decorate I sprinkled a bashed up flake bar over the ganache, then drizzled over more salted caramel sauce and topped with salted caramel fudge.

Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

What caramel sauce should I use?

My favourite caramel sauce to use is my Homemade Caramel Sauce, it’s rich, smooth and absolutely divine! You can also easily add salt to it to make it into a salted caramel sauce. If you don’t want to make your own, it’s quite easy nowadays to find a good quality ready made caramel (or salted caramel) sauce in the shops or online. I have used Tesco’s Finest, Bonn Maman and Carnation Caramel in the past with great results.

How do you make sweetened chestnut puree?

You can buy ready made jars or packets of either sweetened chestnut puree (also known as creme de marrons), or unsweetened chestnut puree. Try looking online or in a gourmet food shop. If you buy it unsweetened, you can add the icing sugar and vanilla directly to the puree and stir in. When I made this recipe, I used a packet of ready cooked and peeled chestnuts, so I had to puree them down first in a blender. If you can’t find those either you can buy uncooked chestnuts and roast them first, then peel and puree. Do not use raw chestnuts.

What can be done with leftover chestnut puree?

Leftover unsweetened chestnuts or puree, can be used in other desserts, or stirred into risottos, stews or pies. They are also great in nut roasts and mixed into stuffing. Leftover sweetened chestnut puree can be used in other desserts, swirled into yoghurt and rice pudding, or you can freeze it for future use.

Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

Tips for making the Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log:

  • Don’t overfill it. Being overly generous with the filling means you won’t get a nice tight roll
  • Don’t cut or score it to “start the roll off”, this can too easily go wrong and the whole section will break off
  • Start the roll off as tight as you can and the rest will follow
  • When folding the flour in, be gentle and go slowly to avoid losing volume
Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Swiss Roll tinMixing bowlsCooling rack
Kitchen scalesSalted Caramel SauceStand mixer
Flake barNutriBulletChestnut puree

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Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

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Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

A chocolate swiss roll filled with salted caramel sauce and chestnut cream, covered in chocolaye ganache
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

For the chocolate ganache

  • 30 g Butter
  • 300 ml Double cream
  • 300 g Dark chocolate

For the sponge

  • 3 Eggs large
  • 75 g Caster sugar
  • 45 g Plain flour
  • 30 g Cocoa powder

For the filling

  • 100 g Chestnuts I used Merchant Gourmet
  • 35 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Water
  • 150 ml Double cream
  • 125 g Salted caramel sauce good quality shop bought or homemade

For decoration

  • 1 Cadburys Flake Bar or grated dark chocolate
  • 35 g Salted caramel sauce good quality shop bought or homemade
  • 30 g Salted caramel fudge good quality shop bought or homemade

Instructions

  • Make the ganache first as it needs time to cool. Heat the double cream and butter in a pan on a low heat, you want to to be warm but not so hot you couldn't hold your finger in it
  • Take it off the heat and add the dark chocolate broken into pieces. Leave for a few minutes, then stir and the chocolate should have melted. You can put back on a very low heat if needed to melt all of the chocolate. Put aside to cool and thicken, or in the fridge if you're a rush
  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/400F/Gas Mark 6, line a swiss roll tin or a baking tray with a lip, with baking paper. The one I used was a Wilton tray that is 33.7 x 29.5 cm
  • For the sponge, whisk the eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk or in a food mixer for around 8 minutes or until it reaches 'ribbon stage' – this is when you can drizzle the mixture in a figure 8 and it takes more than 3 seconds to sink back in
  • Sieve the plain flour and cocoa powder into a bowl and then fold it into the egg mixture gently, trying not to lose the volume
  • Pour the batter into the lined tray and gently spread the mixture out into each corner
  • Bake it for 12 minutes. Immediately tip it out onto a clean sheet of baking paper dusted with icing sugar and roll it up, rolling the clean sheet of baking paper with it. Leave it to cool fully
  • To make the chestnut puree (if you are not using a ready made one) put the cooked and peeled chestnuts, icing sugar, water and vanilla into a blender and whizz up into a puree
  • Whip the double cream and stir the chestnut puree into it
  • Unroll the sponge and spread the caramel filling all over it evenly, then spread the chestnut cream over the caramel sauce, then roll the sponge back up carefully and place onto your serving plate
  • Spread the chocolate ganache all over the roll. You want this to be quite rough as the roll is meant to look like a log. If the ganache is too solid from the fridge you can heat it up in the microwave to soften it, do 10 seconds to start with, then stir and do more very short blasts if needed as you don't want it to get too runny
  • Bash up 1 flake bar and sprinkled it all over the wet icing
  • Drizzle over the salted caramel sauce and top with the salted caramel fudge
  • Serve immediately, store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days
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Notes

If you need a caramel sauce recipe, try my Homemade Caramel Sauce.
If you need a salted caramel fudge recipe, try my Salted Caramel Fudge.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 5mg

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Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Chestnut Yule Log

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18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    This looks so good. I'm not really a fan of chestnuts, but I'd actually try this recipe, as it's the texture I'm not keen on. Your Yule log looks so beautiful, I'll definitely try this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Kat, What a beautiful Yule Log! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Well done! Blessings, Janet

  3. 5 stars
    It looks lovely! I am thinking of having a go at my first Christmas yule log this year and I love the caramel in the filling for this one!

  4. 5 stars
    Kat – You did such an amazing job with this log cake. It looks absolutely beautiful and so perfect for the Holidays. You really inspired me to give this a try – I just need to replace the heavy cream.
    Pinning and stumbling this beauty for other people to get inspired!

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