Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Great Online Cookie Exchange

Thanks to JZ for organising the event again this year.

The humble Yule Log.

Without further ado - lets get cooking.

Apron on

Here's what you need...

For the chocolate sponge...
4 large eggs
100g/3½oz caster sugar
65g/2½oz self-raising flour
40g/1½oz cocoa powder

For the chocolate icing...
300ml/½ pint double cream
300g/10½oz dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

For the cream filling...
300ml/½ pint double cream, whipped

For decorating....
icing sugar, for dusting
sprig of holly, redcurrants, holly berries or anything you want.

Here's what you do...
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

OK  it's time to get serious. The recipe says preheat the oven, not sit on the cooker. If the cake isn't ready for when your partner comes home - you wont be sitting for the rest of the evening.

Lightly grease a 13x9in Swiss roll tin or baking tray and line with non-stick paper or baking parchment, pushing it into the corners.

No beating of eggs in this recipe. (yes I know I post it every year:))

In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar, whisk until the mixture is pale in colour, light and frothy.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully cut and fold together, using a spatula,
(One for the boys or girls)

until all the cocoa and flour are incorporated into the egg mixture. (do it gently so you don't beat the air out of the mixture)

Pour the mixture into the lined tin and spread evenly out

Bake in the middle of your oven for say 8–10 minutes, or until it's risen and firm to the touch (sides should be shrinking away from the edge of the tin)

While that's cooking take a piece of baking parchment bigger than the tin/tray and place on your work surface. Dust with icing sugar generously.

When your sponge is cooked - carefully tip over the cake onto the paper and remove the bottom lining piece of paper.

Whilst the sponge is still warm Cut about 2.5cm/1in in along one of the longer edges. Starting with this edge, begin to tightly roll up the sponge using the paper. Roll with the paper inside and sit the roll on top of its outside edge and let is cool completely.

Now the cake is cooling, make the icing topping...

Chop up your chocolate pieces and place them into a heatproof bowl.
Then heat the cream in a pan until it’s shimmering and nearly boiling.
Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate, stirring until it is melted.
Cool to room temperature, then put into the fridge to firm up.

When the cake is cool, uncurl the cold Swiss roll and spread the whipped cream on top, and re-roll tightly (not with the paper)

Cut a quarter of the cake off from the end on the diagonal. Transfer the large piece of cake to a serving plate and angle the cut end in to the middle of the large cake to make a branch (I found that once you've smothered on your icing, it's can be hard to move the cake, so it's best to do it on the plate/cake board you want to serve it on)

Now, smother the chocolate icing onto the log with a palette knife. 

Doesn't need to be neat. (I cover the ends so that you can’t see any of the cream)

Run a fork along the icing to create a texture like the bark of a tree

Dust with icing sugar and garnish with fresh holly, redcurrants or whatever you decided on.

Picture of the finished log (not mine) I'll be making one later this month.

I do love a man who doesn't mind washing up after himself.

Here's a list of whose playing today. 

Bogey and Bacall
Mrs Fever

My mouth's watering already. Sadly I wont be around today, but I'll be checking the recipes  out over the coming week.



Roz said...

Hi Ronnie,

Oh wow,this is so yummy!both the recipe and the pics lol. Thank you for sharing:)


Mrs Fever said...

I'll be sure to take your egg beating tip! ;)

Olivia Hisservant said...

Dear Ronnie, I think your illustrations should get a prize of their own. Just lovely. And the recipe too! Thanks!

Terpsichore said...

Yum on everything :-)

Minelle Labraun said...

My eyes are completely engaged! Oh and the recipe looks great too!

Jz said...

I'm pretty sure that man is not even CLOSE to humble about his yule log...
(call it an educated guess.)

Once again, you've made me drool, my friend.
I'm daunted by the whole rolling idea, but the drooling may well spur me past that!

Thanks for continuing to play along! :-)

little monkey said...

I've never made a Yule log but always wanted to. I'm going to try this! Thank you!

Katie said...

LOL Ronnie! :) You sure do know how to bring us all a recipe!! YUMMY in every way! HAHA!

This looks super! I'm going to try this! Many hugs,

❤️Katie xoxo

Baker said...

Always wanted to try to make a yule log. The pictures are awesome too!


Lindy Thomas said...

Oh my goodness Ronnie a fabulous recipe and delicious photos to boot. Thank you so much for sharing.
Hugs Lindy xx

Hermione said...

Ronnie, you are so creative to make one of these. I Mary Berry make one on Great British Bake-Off and they do look complicated. I would love to try it though.


ronnie said...

Roz - Happy you enjoyed both. Thanks.

Mrs Fever - I love that picture. Thanks.

Olivia - Thank you. I do enjoy cookie day.

Terps - Thank you.

Minelle - LOL. The chocolate log is good. Thanks.

JZ - LOL. The rolling isn't as bad as it seems. I love joining in and thank you for hosting it every year,

Money - I hope you do give it a try. Thanks,

❤️Katie - It's quite yummy. Thanks.

Baker - Take your time with the rolling. Thanks.

Lindy - My pleasure. Thank you.

Hermione - I'm not the greatest cake maker but I found this not too bad. Look forward to seeing your recipe.

Thank you all. I shall be checking out the recipes over the next few days.