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Judy (Judy's Gross Eats) said in January 1st, 2009 at 7:57 pm

You realize, of course, that tasting everything is the trademark of an excellent chef! I’m sure it will taste great because of your sacrifices.

The point where my spirits really sank was when I unmolded the loaf from the pan and saw all the hideous lumpy sides. How did everyone get such smooth sides? I almost can’t bear to even look at it now, but I can’t throw it away because of the huge investment in ingredients. It will either remain frozen in time forever, or I will unload it on someone. I have given some thought about remaking it, but if that’s the case, an intervention will be necessary.

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Megan said in January 1st, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Ha ha ha ha! I laughed all the way through your post. Just for attempting such an elaborate dessert during the month of December qualifies you for an award. I quit while I was ahead, and dropped out. Just couldn’t keep up.

However, I think you did a great job, and it looks very delicious!

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Rosa said in January 2nd, 2009 at 3:07 am

Very well done! Your log looks great!

Definitely a challenge!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jude said in January 2nd, 2009 at 3:48 am

The pate a bombe was definitely tricky stuff. I can’t even imagine making this without a thermometer now that I look back on it. Looking forward to your photos!

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Baking Soda said in January 2nd, 2009 at 5:24 am

Haha, you said it all! I envy you your 45 minutes,
you rock!

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clumbsycookie said in January 2nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I also thought about doing a white chocolate mousse but went with milk instead. Great job, all turned out very well! Happy new year!

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Cathy said in January 2nd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

This truly looks like the Mother of all baking challenges. I am wowed that you attempted it, and in December no less! Your finished product looks beautiful! Definitely lickworthy, for sure. Happy New Year!

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Jamie said in January 2nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

That mousse looks delicious!!!! I bet it tasted amazing!!! Happy New Year!!!!

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Elle said in January 2nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

At least you didn’t yell at Mr. Chow, and I’m sure he was impressed that you licked all the bowls and spoons :) Your log looks great to me and I think the slightly naked rice crispies was the way to go for the crisp. Lovely job! Your post has me laughing…thank you! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said in January 2nd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

It was really unreal for December!
Lumps don’t matter – we learned, we survived! That’s what’s count.
I think your log looks grand!

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Hannah said in January 2nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Great work on the challenge, your log looks wonderful! :)

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Aparna said in January 3rd, 2009 at 1:25 am

Your decorations have managed to hide the “lumpy” bits very well.:)
Mine had a very patched look!!
But an initial scare (looking at the recipe) and dirty dishes aside, this was a lovely challenge.

Happy New Year.

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Jef said in January 3rd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I, too, made the pate a bomb but I had to use a 6qt mixer. Needless to say it took a little fidgeting and a few tricks I learned in cooking school to get the mixer to do its magic. I agree it was a little difficult to get to work correct and even blew it once myself. Nice to see you stuck it out and got it done in the end though.

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bricole said in January 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I too made spun sugar while I was supposed to making a pate a bombe. This way we’ll be ready if that ever comes up in DB challenge. Your log looks super.

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JMom said in January 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I know what you mean about the number of bowls and equipment messied up by his recipe. I think my girls almost resented this dessert as I made them do a lot of dish washing. lol!

You log turned out beautifully! I love how you used the fresh leaves and berries. It looks really festive.

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breadchick said in January 4th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

After reading your and Judy’s issues with the large bowls on your KA mixers, I am now glad all I had to work with was my mom’s hand mixer and a smallish bowl for that portion.

Lumpy or not it still looks fantastic!

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Nancy/n.o.e said in January 6th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I’ve seen a bunch of yule log posts, and really enjoyed the way yours is written. It all sounds and looks delicious, and I can honestly say you are a far more daring baker than I will ever be for 1. attempting this challenge and 2. attempting it in December! Of course you did more than attempt and your finished product is delightful and no doubt delicious.
Nancy

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Vera said in January 9th, 2009 at 12:20 am

The log looks great! Happy New Year!

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