Blogmas day fifteen: My favourite Christmas recipes
Hello my angels,
How are you all? If you follow my Instagram you will already have had the story of how my day has been so I will not bore you all with that.
Tonight I am bringing you a fun collaboration with the loveliest New Zealand blogger I know! Make sure you check out Lui’s blog here! Her collaboration post will be here too.
This year I haven’t really had the time to get in the kitchen and bake anything, so unfortunately for you, I cannot show you my failed attempt at creating this, but you do however, get to see some skilled talent that appears on Pinterest!
My favourite Christmas recipes
A chocolate log
A little chocolate log is one of my favourite Christmas recipes, so here’s one I’ve found for you all.
85g golden caster sugar
85g plain flour(less 2 tbsp)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
For the filling & icing
50g unsalted butter
140g dark chocolate, broken into squares1 tbsp golden syrup284ml pot double cream200g icing sugar, sifted2-3 extra strong mint, crushed (optional)icing sugarand holly sprigs to decorate – ensure you remove the berries before serving
1 tbsp golden syrup284ml pot double cream200g icing sugar, sifted2-3 extra strong mint, crushed (optional)icing sugarand holly sprigs to decorate – ensure you remove the berries before serving
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Grease and line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
Beat 3 eggs and 85g golden caster sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 mins until thick and creamy.
Mix 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp), 2 tbsp cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin.
Now tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 mins.
Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.
To make the icing, melt 50g butter and 140g dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 5 tbsp double cream from a 284ml pot. Beat in 200g sifted icing sugar until smooth.
Whisk the remaining double cream from the 284ml pot until it holds its shape.
Unravel the cake, spread the cream over the top, scatter over 2-3 crushed extra strong mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.
Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch.
Spread the icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with unsifted icing sugar to resemble snow, and decorate with holly.
That’s my favourite Christmas recipe, don’t forget to check out Lui’s blog post too.
I really hope you have enjoyed it, I will be back again tomorrow.
Sending you lots of love and festive cheer,