Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Chocolate Yule Log

I'm starting the New Year with a Christmas recipe. I made this Chocolate Yule Log for Christams Eve and again for a family gathering yesterday. It's inspired by a recipe in the December issue of Delicious magazine where the creamy chocolate filling is offset by the sharp tang of cranberries. I prefer a lighter sponge so I used a version from Good Food (Dec 06) which whisks the egg whites separately. On Christmas Eve I didn't have the required amount of cream so I reduced the ganache by 1/3 - there was still loads - and I have continued to use these proportions.

5 eggs
140g light brown sugar
100g self-raising flour
25g good-quality cocoa
  • preheat oven to 190 deg
  • butter an line a Swiss roll tin
  • Beat together egg yolks, sugar and 2 tbsp water until light and thick
  • Sieve in flour and cocoa and fold in lightly
  • Whisk egg whites until still and fold gently into cake mix in 3 batches
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes and turn out onto some clean greaseproof paper
  • Leave to cool and roll up tightly in the greaseproof paper (along the long edge)

200g fresh/frozen cranberries

75g caster sugar

2 tbsp water

  • Put 3 ingrediants in a saucepan and heat together gently until cranberries pop
  • Leave to cool

450ml cream

300g good-quality chocolate

  • Break chocolate up and place in a bowl
  • Warm 300ml cream up to boiling point and pour over the chocolate
  • Whisk gently until chocolate is melted - leave to cool
  • Whisk reamaining cream into soft peaks - fold in 5 tbsp of the cooled ganache

Unroll the sponge and spread with the chocolate cream and then the cranberries. Roll up tightly, I then cut 1/3 of the log at an angle and placed it at the side to resemble a log. Spread over the cooled ganache, I put some greaseproof paper around the log to catch any ganache that drips down.

The sponge can be made a few days ahead - or even frozen for up to 3 months. It was reported that the first log tasted even better 2 days later - the second one didn't last long enough for me to test this hypothesis!

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