A summer twist on a Christmas treat!

Lets get one thing straight. Yes, I went there. The “C” word that you’re all dreading was mentioned. Christmas. Christmas. Christmaaas! It’s going to happen, it’s on it’s merry way, so get over it & embrace it.
I for one cannot WAIT until this years festive season. So when I was asked to take part in a project with Stocking fillers to make a Christmas recipe with a Summer twist, I knew I had to get involved. What a fun concept, right?

One thing that I remember when I was little was my Mum always, always , ALWAYS making up a Chocolate Christmas log to have on our table. It was, for me, the height of the season {other than ripping through my presents like a wood chipper!}. Once our turkey was consumed and competely devoured, the traditional Christmas log would take pride of place in the centre of the table. I remember the cute little sprig of holly she’d put on top, the jug of fresh homemade custard steaming gently next to it, bowls of fruit {strawberrys, apples, oranges} and she even put out little pots of jam & lemon curd! It was the 80’s!

So I thought I’d take one of my childhood memories of my late Mothers delicious Christmas log & give it a little revamp by the means of a summer twist. Thinking on it, I don’t think we have chocolate log any other time of the year other than Christmas. Isn’t that weird? Or maybe it’s just us.

I’ve also never tried making a swiss roll before, so this will be a first for me, but I doubt it’ll never taste as good as my Mummys. Although I hope to get it as close as I can! 😉 
Chocolate logHere’s what you’ll need:

– 3 Large eggs
– 100g Caster sugar {plus a little bit extra for sprinkling later on – optional!}
– 75g Plain flour
– 25g Cocoa powder
– 15ml hot water

For the delicious creamy filling:

– 75g Butter or softened margerine
– 175g Icing sugar
– A little mik
– Some cocoa powder to make your filling chocolate, like we did! Optional! Just add in util your happy with it.

For decoration inspiration:

Anything goes! We just added strawberrys {chocolate & strawberrys people! YUM!} and custard {as requested by the kids!}.
Chocolate log 2The how to’s:

Preheat your oven to 220c/425f/Fan 200/Gas Mark 7. Line a 22.5cm by 33.6cm swiss roll tin. {Do you know before doing this recipe I never knew there were specific tins for swiss rolls! Love it!}.

Add your eggs & your 100g of sugar into a bowl, whisk those up until them are well combined. Aim for light & creamy and for the cream to hold a little too. Sift in your flour & coca powder.

Gently fold half of the flour into the mixture.

Fold in the remaining flour, making sure it’s combined well & no lumps remain. Then stir in your hot water.

Pour your mixture into your lined tin , smoothly it over gently & making sure it’s even. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes until well risen, golden brown & spongy to the touch.

As your swiss roll is baking in the oven, prepare a line of parchment paper, and sprinkle on some caster sugar.

Once the cake is done, turn it out quickly onto the paper & trim away the edges.

Get yourself a second sheet of parchment and place it over the sponge. Roll it up, using the sugared paper underneath. Leave it, rolled up, to cool completely, covered in the paper and on a cooling rack.

To make your delicious filling…

Place your margarine/butter into a bowl, sift in your icing sugar and gradually add your milk. Cream everything together until your consistency is nice, light & smooth.

When your sponge is completely cooled, gently unroll it, remove the paper and carefully spread the sponge with the yummy cream filling. {I added cocoa to our filling but you can have white cream in yours, it’s up to you}. Once the cream has been evenly added, then re-roll your sponge.
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For my first time making a swiss roll, I have to say, I impressed myself! I love the look of it, even those cracks along the sponge. I think it gives it an overall look of AWESOME! Being totally biased of my work I know! But, from request of the kids I had to leave out the jam & lemon curd, like my Mummy used to add, as they requested custard!
Chocolate log 8Chocolate log 9It’s been quite the treat having what we consider to be, a Christmas treat, with a summery twist sprinkled in!

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3 Comments

  1. 16/08/2015 / 6:07 PM

    That looks so good – I really need cake now! x

    • 19/08/2015 / 8:38 AM

      I think a swiss roll with fresh cream is a toughie to beat! *belly grumbles* x

  2. 13/04/2016 / 9:39 AM

    I love a Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake! This cake roll looks so delicious, I want a slice right now.

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