Christmas Yule Log

A very rich chocolate roll cake

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Ingredients

For the chocolate sponge:

  • 4 large eggs (or 5 medium)
  • 100g sugar
  • 65g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 30g cocoa powder

For the chocolate ganache topping:

  • 200ml cream
  • 225g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • Knob of butter

For the cream filling:

  • 100ml cream
  • 2-3 drops vanilla (optional)
  • 10g icing sugar (optional)

Makes 2 small or one large log.

Method

  • Heat oven to 190C.

To make the chocolate ganache:

  • Break or cut up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl with the butter.
  • Heat the cream till it starts to boil and then pour over the chocolate and mix until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Leave to cool in the fridge for 1 hour.

To make the chocolate sponge:

  • Butter and line the base and sides of a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  • Separate the eggs into two large mixing bowls.
  • Add the sugar and 2 tbsp water to the egg yolks.
  • Whisk the sugar and yolks together 
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa, and then fold in lightly.
  • Using a clean whisk, beat the egg whites until they are stiff, then fold into the cake mixture in 3 batches.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, and carefully spread to the edges.
  • Bake for 10-12 mins, or until the cake feels firm to the touch.
  • Put a large sheet of baking parchment on a chopping board.
  • Turn the cake out and cover with a sheet of baking parchment, while still warm roll loosely then leave to cool.

To make the cream filling:

  • Whip the cream (and vanilla and icing sugar if using) in a bowl until stiff.

To assemble the roll cake: 

  • Carefully unroll the cake, and peel off the paper but leave one sheet underneath.
  • Spread the cream filling over the top.
  • Roll up the cake again using the paper to help you.
  • Cover the cake with the chocolate ganache.
  • Use a fork to create a bark effect.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Just before serving dust with a little icing sugar to look like snow.

Put a spring of holly on top – thanks to one of the participants for bringing  some on the day. I haven’t seen holly in Japan…

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