Yule chocolate log

Yule chocolate log

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling

More effort

Cuts into 16 slices
Mary Cadogan’s festive chocolate log will go down a treat with everyone - it's a lighter recipe than most

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze for up to a month

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal343
  • fat24g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.14g

Ingredients

  • butter, for greasing
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  • 5 eggs
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  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g good quality cocoa powder such as Green & Black's or Oxfam Fairtrade
  • caster sugar, for dusting

For the icing and filling

  • 285ml/9½fl oz carton double cream
  • 450g fondant chocolate, such as Lindt Lindor

    Chocolate ganache

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  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter and line the base and sides of a 30 x 35cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.

  2. Separate the eggs, putting them into two large mixing bowls. Add the sugar and 2 tbsp water to the egg yolks. Using an electric whisk or tabletop mixer, whisk the sugar and yolks for about 5 mins until the mixture is light in colour and thick enough to leave a trail when the whisk blades are lifted. Sift in the flour and cocoa, then fold in lightly, using the whisk blades or a large metal spoon.

  3. Using a clean whisk, beat the egg whites until they are stiff, then fold into the cake mixture in three batches, again using the blades to preserve as much air as possible.

  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the prepared tin, then 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 the work surface and sprinkle lightly with caster sugar. Turn the cake out onto the parchment and peel off the lining paper. Cover with a clean tea towel, then leave to cool completely. Trim a little cake from all the edges, then score along the edge of one of the long sides of the cake and roll up from there, using the paper to help you, rolling the paper inside the cake.

  5. To make the icing and filling, bring the cream to the boil in a small pan, remove from the heat, then break in 400g of the chocolate. Stir until it is melted and smooth. Leave to cool, then chill until it is spreadable, about 1 hr. Chop the remaining chocolate, spoon a third of the icing into a bowl, then stir them together to make the filling.

  6. Carefully unroll the cake, then spread all the filling over to within 2cm of the edges. Roll up the cake again using the paper to help you, then set on a board.

  7. Cut a thick diagonal slice off one end of the cake. Transfer the larger piece of cake to a board or flat serving plate. Spread a little icing over cut side of the small piece of cake and fix it to the large roll to make a stump (as photo). Spread remaining icing over the cake, then dust with icing sugar to serve.

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clarehume1
22nd Dec, 2011
5.05
Yet again amazing me and my 2 children make this every year for Christmas and love it.
rachel74legge
21st Dec, 2011
I have just made this for winter solstice, I didn't have any solid chocolate so I filled the log with brandy cream and coated it with butter icing, delicious!
lebaker
20th Dec, 2011
5.05
I made this for a special occasion and it was a real hit. I was nervous it would be difficult to do, but it was dead easy. I used a cheapo baking tray from Tesco (£2.50) which worked a treat for the sponge part. I made the log the day beforehand and simply refrigerated it overnight. I then removed it from the fridge a couple of hours before we were due to eat it, sprinkled it with icing sugar, stuck in a sprig of holly and ta-da. Six adults and six children polished off the whole thing. I will do it every Christmas!
lebaker
20th Dec, 2011
5.05
I made this for a special occasion and it was a real hit. I was nervous it would be difficult to do, but it was dead easy. I used a cheapo baking tray from Tesco (£2.50) which worked a treat for the sponge part. I made the log the day beforehand and simply refrigerated it overnight. I then removed it from the fridge a couple of hours before we were due to eat it, sprinkled it with icing sugar, stuck in a sprig of holly and ta-da. Six adults and six children polished off the whole thing. I will do it every Christmas!
heidi77
17th Dec, 2011
5.05
This is the first recipe I've ever followed where my finished product actually looks like the picture! I 'made' a tin out of grease proof paper by just folding up the edges and sellotaping the corners. It sounds quite complicated but it was dead easy and meant I didn't have to buy a new tin. The choc icing is soooo good. I'm looking forward to taking it along to our family gathering tomorrow to rival my sister's trifle!
Charis2
8th Dec, 2011
I have exactly the same question as TraceyO! (i.e. 30cm by 35cm swiss roll tin) What size tins have people used for this recipe?
patandpete
5th Dec, 2011
Really looking forward to making this for Christmas 2011, taking it to our daughters, so crossing fingers it will turn out well, by other comments it should. I also agree with another comment that there are no instructions on the best way to freeze this, but another comment does say to freeze the cake and icing seperately until used. Also I am finding it difficult to find this size tin too, any suggestions. Happy Christmas to all. patandpete.
wendy65
24th Nov, 2011
I just made this roll, it was really easy. I'm leaving the roll, rolled up for a couple hours before I add the icing. I'll let you know how that goes
loops29red
21st Nov, 2011
would like to try this. . . . noone has left any comments of how to freeze this and at what stage. . . pls help!!
trodzim
10th Nov, 2011
where on earth can you buy a 30cm by 35cm swiss roll tin?

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