Yule log

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Serves: 8

By ihateipswich

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp icing sugar, (to decorate)

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar, for dusting

  • 90g caster sugar

  • 125g dark chocolate

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 125g white chocolate

  • 3 eggs

  • 60g plain flour

  • 50g butter

  • 250ml cream

  • 50g hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and prepare a 30x35cm jelly roll pan by greasing it, lining bottom and sides with wax paper, and greasing wax paper.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder and flour together.
  3. Using electric beater, beat the eggs and sugar for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy and increased in volume.
  4. Sift the flour and cocoa over the eggs and pour the butter around the edge of the bowl, and fold in gently but thoroughly.
  5. Put pan into oven immediately. Bake for 12 minutes, just until cake is golden on top and tester comes out clean. Do not over bake.
  6. Remove from oven and turn the jelly roll onto a clean towel previously covered with a little bit of extra caster sugar.
  7. Roll the jelly roll together with the towel and allow to cool.
  8. To make the filling, put chopped white chocolate with half the cream (125ml) to melt in a pan over previously boiled water. When the chocolate is soft stir until smooth.
  9. Repeat with the dark chocolate and the rest of the cream. Leave to cool until it has the consistency of cream.
  10. Beat the white chocolate cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Do not beat too much.
  11. Unroll the jelly roll, remove the towel and spread the fillings. Leave 2cm free for fillings on the ends.
  12. Roll up again, without towel but using it to help roll. Cut off one end on the diagonal and place it alongside the log to form a 'Y'. Refrigerate for 1 hour to firm filling.
  13. Spread the dark chocolate all over the cake and run the tines of a fork to create a 'bark' effect.
  14. Keep cake refrigerated until serving; it is much easier to slice when cold and firm. Before serving, surround cake with some fresh leaves and dust with icing sugar.

Handy Hint

Make sure you have a glass of white wine on hand.

Additional Information

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Christmas

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • chocolate

  • cake

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