Recipe of the month

Signature log

For 15 individual logs.

Tahitian vanilla cream

  • Cream 35% fat 600 g
  • Vanilla bean, Tahitian 5 pieces
  • Vanilla extract 5 g
  • Salt, fine 2 g
  • Gelatin mass 40 g
  • Couverture Opalys 33% (Valrhona) 222.5 g
  • Cream 35% fat 400 g

Boil 600 g cream and infuse vanilla. Cover and infuse for 1 hour. Strain and weigh original quantity (600 g), add vanilla extract, salt and boil again. Add gelatin mass, and once melted pour onto chocolate. Emulsify and add cold cream. Strain and refrigerate for following day.

Kumquat compote

  • Water 75 g
  • Caster sugar 75 g
  • Vanilla bean, Tahitian 1 piece
  • Kumquats, fresh and washed 210 g
  • Caster sugar 10 g
  • Pectin 325NH95 2 g
  • Gelatin mass 8 g

Wash and blanch kumquats, cut them into 4. Seed and cook with water, 75 sugar and vanilla. When cooked, add 10 g sugar mixed with pectin and boil. Off heat, add gelatin mass and lightly mix. Cool.

Juniper cream

  • Milk 225 g
  • Cream 35% fat 225 g
  • Vanilla bean, Tahitian 1 pièce
  • Juniper berries 6 g
  • Egg yolks 70 g
  • Couverture Opalys 33% (Valrhona) 210 g
  • Gelatin mass 24 g

Boil milk, cream, vanilla and mixed berries. Cover and infuse for 1 hour. Strain and weigh original weight of liquids. Cook infusion with egg yolks to 82°C (crème anglaise). Off heat, add gelatin mass and pour in three times onto melted chocolate. Emulsify with a hand blender, strain and set aside.

Light gin syrup

  • Water 100 g
  • Caster sugar 100 g
  • Lemon juice 50 g
  • Gin 50 g

Boil water and sugar. Off heat add lemon juice and gin. Soak sponge.

Almond "pain de Gênes" sponge

  • Almond marzipan 70% 170 g
  • Caster sugar 75 g
  • Eggs 156 g
  • Flour 50 g
  • Baking powder 1 g
  • Butter, melted 50 g
  • Milk 6 g

In a robot-coupe, mix marzipan with eggs to create a smooth mass. Add sugar and whip in mixer until a ribbon texture. Finish with melted butter and milk. Bake at 170°C.

White glaze

  • Water 200 g
  • Caster sugar 300 g
  • Glucose 300 g
  • Sweetened condensed milk 215 g
  • Gelatin mass 90 g
  • Couverture Opalys 33% (Valrhona) 325 g
  • Vanilla bean, Tahitian 1 piece

Boil water, sugar and glucose. Add gelatin mass and condensed milk. Pour in two or three times onto melted chocolate. Emulsify with a hand blender, without incorporating air, strain and set aside. Use at 35°C.


Soak sponge with syrup and spread cold cream on top. Spread compote and smoothen. Freeze and cut 11 x 2.5 cm rectangles. Whip ganache until a soft texture and line cylinder moulds, insert the rectangle and smooth. Freeze.


Unmould and glaze log, place chocolate decoration slightly larger than the mousse tube. Decorate with semi candied kumquat segments and a small roll or chocolate.

Recipe given by

François Daubinet
Chef Pâtissier Exécutif FAUCHON, Paris.

The idea?

A suprising, bold log, which is nice and light.

The shape?

A long cylinder for elegance, accompanied by a scratched and textured chocolate, born from a collaboration with the designer Bruno Leroy.

The flavours?

Tahitian vanilla, kumquat slowly candied, juniper berries and gin.

The technical step?

Inserting the cylinder: the kumquat centre of 2.8 cm with the soft almond sponge wrapped around.


The accuracy and precision of making the different steps. The finesse of the chocolate decoration.

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