This traditional chocolate Yule log, or Bûche de Noël, makes a deliciously indulgent Christmas dessert. Rich, chocolate sponge rolled with a whipped Irish cream filling and covered in a boozy chocolate icing. Finished with crumbled chocolate 'bark' for a true log effect.
- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and line a 23cm x 33cm swiss roll tin with nonstick baking paper.
- Meanwhile, put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and using an electric hand whisk, combine until light and frothy. Sift in the flour and 45g (1 3/4oz) of the cocoa powder and whisk again until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the tin and tip to make sure it reaches each corner. Bake for 10-12 minutes until springy to the touch.
- Lay a piece of baking paper slightly larger than the tin on the work surface and sprinkle with the remaining sifted cocoa powder and caster sugar. When the sponge is cooked, loosen the edges and then tip out onto the baking paper. Remove the baking paper and then gently, using the paper underneath, roll up from the longest edge into a roll. Leave to cool. This will prevent the roll from cracking later.
- To make the filling, whisk together the double cream and Irish cream until soft peaks form. Chill in the fridge until required.
- To make the icing, put the butter and chocolate in a bowl and melt together in the microwave. Stir in the icing sugar and Irish cream until smooth. It will harden and thicken as it cools.
- When the sponge is cool, gently unroll and spread over the Irish cream before re-rolling the log. Then spread the icing over the top, sprinkle over the chopped pieces of flake, and finally the icing sugar. Cut into horizontal slices to serve.
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