Christmas Yule Log Recipe

Yule-log-recipe

So Christmas day is finally here, all presents are opened, wine is flowing and turkey is roasting.  I am not very big fan of Christmas pudding and mince pies hence I bake Christmas Yule Log as it is so tasty and my family just loves it! So I would like to share my recipe, it is quite simple but the cake looks very impressive.

Yule Log recipe:

Ingredients

4 eggs, separated
145 g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of cream of tartar
115 g plain flour, sifted
240 ml whipping cream
150 g plain + 150 g dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp Amaretto (rum or cognac will do as well)

Preparation

For the batter: Preheat a 190°C oven. Line Swiss roll tin with baking paper and grease the sides. Beat egg yolks and sugar (reserve 2 tbsp of sugar) until light and fluffy for couple of minutes. Add the vanilla extract. In clean and grease-free bowl, whisk egg whites with cream of tartar until they hold soft peaks. Fold in the remaining sugar and beat until the whites hold stiff peaks and glossy.

Gently fold half the flour into the egg yolk mixture. Add one-quarter of the egg whites. Then fold in the remaining flour and then remaining egg whites again being very gentle. Spread the mixture in the tin and bake for 15 mins. Turn on clean paper towel , roll up and cool.

For the cream: Bring the cream to simmer just before the bowling point. Put the chocolate in the bowl, pour the cream over it and leave it for a minute. Then stir the mixture until choc is completely melted, cool to the room temperature and then put in the fridge for another 20-30 minutes. Add Amaretto to the cooled cream and beat until just getting thick. Do not overbeat it! Unroll the cake and spread around 2/3 of the cream and roll it back. Cut around 1/4 of a cake at an angle, place it on the side to resemble a branch.  Spread the remaining cream on the top of the cake, use spatula or fork to make it look like bark. Put some Christmas decorations (or make your own from icing as I did) and dust with some icing sugar (or as I did spray it with silver or gold dust).

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you will enjoy my Christmas Yule Log recipe!

 

 

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