Saturday, December 1, 2012

{Recipe} Choc Ripple Yule Log


{whoopiee!!! somehow, my pictures are showing! wonder what happened to my 'past' the quota limit? aaahh.. who cares? wheee.. now I can post more pictures, again!!}

Every week without fail, we'll get hoards of brochures and catalogues from hypermarkets and retailers advertising their products and any ongoing specials for the week.

I love to browse the ones from Coles and Woolies (aussie slang for Woolworths) especially as they come with easy-to-follow recipes and the products to purchase.

With Christmas time around the corner coupled with NiNi's birthday, I attempted to make a birthday Christmas Log! Came across this easy peasy recipe from Woolworth's catalogue. 

The steps to making this is just too easy to be true. But I tell you, it is that easy. Not only that, it tastes yummy, too!

 - 1 x 250gm packet Arnott's Choc Ripple biscuits (or any chocolate biscuits with no cream)
- 600ml thickened cream
- 1 tsp caster sugar (yup, that little amount)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 20gm cocoa powder
- Grated chocolate or cocoa powder, to decorate
- Candy Spearmint leaves, to decorate (optional)
- Raspberries, to decorate (optional)

#1 Use an electric mixer, whip together cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff

Note : I was not sure what constitutes as stiff and Googled it. Lols. Basically, when it's thicker like cream you see spread over cakes.


#2 Once cream is stiff, add in cocoa powder until mixed


#3 Spread a little of the cream along a long serving plate to make a base


#4 Spread one biscuit with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream then top with another biscuit.  


#5 Top with another 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream then place biscuits on their side on the cream base on the serving plate
#6 Repeat until all biscuits have been used to form a log

#6 Spread remaining cream over entire log reserving a small amount for the tree branch. Cover loosely with foil than refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours to set


#7 Just before serving, on a clean platter, cut cake diagonally about 1/4 the way in and use that piece as a tree branch on the main log. Patch up with some more cream so it looks attached

#8 Use a fork to make some lines along the branch to give it a tree look and then dust log with cocoa or sprinkle with some grated chocolate, if desired

#9 Finish the log with some candy spearmint leaves and raspberries and serve

Note : I didn't have candy spearmint leaves, hence, I sprinkled some Christmas shaped sprinkles for a little Christmas feel and stucked a 'Happy Birthday' signage.

You can always be creative and come out with your own version of Christmas Log. This first attempt was rather chubby looking.

If you like, you can also try this other recipe from Arnott's and decorate it like the below.

Happy Birthday dear NiNi!!
May you have a truly special day...


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