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

<ol> <li>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.</li> <li>Mix the cocoa powder and flour together.</li> <li>Using electric beater, beat the eggs and sugar for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy and increased in volume.</li> <li>Sift the flour and cocoa over the eggs and pour the butter around the edge of the bowl, and fold in gently but thoroughly.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Remove from oven and turn the jelly roll onto a clean towel previously covered with a little bit of extra caster sugar.</li> <li>Roll the jelly roll together with the towel and allow to cool.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Repeat with the dark chocolate and the rest of the cream. Leave to cool until it has the consistency of cream.</li> <li>Beat the white chocolate cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Do not beat too much.</li> <li>Unroll the jelly roll, remove the towel and spread the fillings. Leave 2cm free for fillings on the ends.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Spread the dark chocolate all over the cake and run the tines of a fork to create a 'bark' effect.</li> <li>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.</li> </ol>

Handy Hint

<p>Make sure you have a glass of white wine on hand.</p>

Additional Information

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Christmas

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • chocolate

  • cake

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