Peppermint chocolate log Recipe

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serves:

10

Skill:

medium

Prep:

1 hr

Cooking:

20 min

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories Array kCal 0%
Fat Arrayg 0%
  -  Saturates Arrayg 0%

We love this festive looking bake, with only a sprinkling of icing sugar you can make your chocolate log look like it belongs in a winter wonderland. With dark chocolate, silky whipped cream and a minty centre. this log is the perfect after dinner treat.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g mint matchmakers or similar (finely chopped)
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g icing sugar
  • A few drops of peppermint extract
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves to decorate

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4/350°F. Cut a section of baking paper to fit a shallow baking tin or swiss roll tin. 

  • Whisk the egg whites with a little of the sugar until it is stiff. 

  • In a different bowl, whisk the egg yolks, vanilla and remaining sugar until they get lighter in colour and thick. 

  • Add the cocoa to the egg yolk mixture and combine. Roughly mix in a couple of spoonfuls of the egg whites to make the mixture easier to combine.

  • Add the remaining egg white taking care to knock as little air as possible out of the mix. Use a figure of eight folding action rather than stirring it in to keep as many bubbles as possible in the mixture to ensure a light sponge. 

  • Spread evenly in your tin, sprinkle with the chopped mint chocolates and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, until just cooked.

  • Leave to cool slightly and then flip onto another sheet of baking paper. Carefully peel off the baked on paper. Cover with cling film or a clean tea towel and let cool. 

  • Whip the cream, peppermint extract and icing sugar until it forms stiff peaks.

  • Uncover the sponge and spread evenly with the whipped cream. Using the baking paper to help you, gently roll up into a log shape. You can cut sections off to look like branches if you wish.

  • Decorate with mint leaves and icing sugar.

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Top Tip

For a more grown up version you can add a little mint liquor to the cream filling.