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A super Christmas Yule Log by Exec Pastry Chef Rashna Elavia

Today’s Traveller invites Exec Pastry Chef Rashna Elavia, The Leela Mumbai to share her favourite Christmas Delight – Christmas Yule Log.

Christmas is the season of joy, of gift-giving, and of family bonding.

Chef Rashna Elavia, Executive Pastry Chef, The Leela Mumbai makes a Yule log
Chef Rashna Elavia, Executive Pastry Chef, The Leela Mumbai makes a Yule log

Christmas Yule Log


  • 3 egg whites
  • 60 gm castor sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 40 gm melted butter
  • Vanilla essence
  • 50 gm flour
  • 18 gm cocoa powder
  • 3 gm baking powder
Chef Rashna Elavia, Executive Pastry Chef, The Leela Mumbai makes a Yule log
Christmas Delight – Yule Log

For Ganache:

  • Dark chocolate   500 gm
  • Cooking Cream   200 gm

For Filling:

  • Ganache 250gm
  • Whipped cream 125 gm


  1. Line a 10 * 15-inch pan with parchment paper
  2. Preheat the oven at 180 deg
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together.
  4. Whisk yolks and castor sugar till it becomes thick and pale and has a ribbon like consistency. Add vanilla essence.
  5. Whisk egg whites and castor sugar to form soft peak meringue.
  6. Fold in the butter and dry ingredients in the yolk mixture.
  7. Fold in the meringue. Spread the mixture with an offset spatula on the tray. bake in the oven for 10mins.
  8. Remove from oven. run a knife along the edges and demold on a parchment paper sprinkled with castor sugar. Cover & allow to cool.


  • Spread the chocolate cream on the sponge leaving ½ inch along the borders. From the length side roll in the sponge sheet with the help of the parchment paper to form a tight roll. Roll the parchment paper on the roll tightly.
  • Place the roll in the deep freezer to harden. remove the parchment paper from the top. Spread ganache on top evenly. from one end of the roulade at an angle cut about 2pieces of about 2 inches. Stick them to the main roulade with the help of some ganache to resemble a bark.
  • Garnish with marzipan mushrooms, cherries and holy leaves

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