Liam baked us a Yule Log this weekend, read on to hear all about his adventures in baking!

Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. Several weeks ago, when Hazel was trying to think of ideas for Blogmas, I suggested that I could make us a tasty festive yule log. Fast forward a number of weeks and here I am, standing in the kitchen with a plethora of ingredients and empty bowls waiting expectantly in front of me. Luckily I have hastily found an internet recipe to guide me, but of course being a man I’ll ignore it where ever I see fit.

Yule Log

So, there are three parts to the recipe; the sponge, the cream, and the icing. We’ll start with the sponge because that’s where I started, and like the beginning of all good stories, it’ll form the foundation of things to come. The first step was to mix the eggs and sugar. I threw them all in Hazel’s faux Kitchenaid, attached the whisk attachment and set it to work. Next in was the flour and cocoa and a change of attachment for mixing it all up. With the mixer doing all of the hard work I lined a shallow oven tray with baking paper and pre-heated the oven. Once the cake mix was suitably smooth, I poured it into the tray and chucked it into the oven for ten minutes.

While the cake was cooking I set about making the cream for the centre of the log. This was actually the easiest part of the process. I poured double cream into the recently washed up mixing bowl, re-attached the whisk and set it to work. I should point out at this point that I only used 150ml of double cream instead of the 300ml suggested by the recipe. This is in part because I thought that would make too much filling, and in part because I only bought 150ml from the shop, having not really read the recipe properly. In the end though it proved to be plenty.

Yule Log

The final step was the icing, and this is where it started to go wrong. My ‘tooth’ is as sweet as the next person’s, but I’m not a fan of sickly sweet, so when the recipe called for over 400g of icing sugar, I knew I would have to make some changes… I heated slightly less than the right amount of chocolate and butter in the microwave before adding vanilla essence, milk and the dreaded icing sugar. Ok, so I added a lot less than the recipe suggested, and what I ended up with was a runny buttery chocolate slop. I then made the mistake of throwing in more icing sugar in an attempt to thicken it up, but what I ended up with was still too runny and still too sweet. Alas.

When the (icing sugar) dust had settled it certainly looked more ‘Nailed it’ than Great British Bake Off, but the proof is in the pudding, right? Well it tasted ok, the sponge and cream was nice but the icing was way too sweet. If I made it again I would probably just melt chocolate over the top, or just not bother. I don’t think I’m cut out for baking!

Yule Log

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Have you ever cooked a Yule Log? Do you have a traditional Christmas treat you like to bake?

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