Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tronco de Navidad - Christmas Log

One of the the things I remember most vividly about childhood Christmas is the...waiting!  Waiting for Santa, waiting for food, waiting for all the visitors to pop by, waiting for presents!!  My brother and I used to sit quietly hoping that if we were really really good... waiting time would quicken!  But Mum was always there with a little fruit mince pie or an alfajor to make the time pass in absolute joy!

Our journey through Christmas treats continues - and what Christmas isn't complete without a chocolate dish!

Tronco de Navidad - Christmas Log

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 level tablespoons of plain flour
  • 300g of dulce de leche
  • 300g of  icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 4 bars of chocolate
Beat the eggs for about 4 minutes, adding 4 spoonfuls of sugar and continue beating until light and frothy.  Add the vanilla essence and the flour.  Fold through until mixed well.

On a flat rectangular tray (lined with baking paper)  tip the mixture and flatten.  Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees.  After 8-10 minutes remove from the tray and place on a damp tea towel.  Sprinkle with some sugar and spread the dulce de leche.  Proceed to roll.

Cut one slice off the end.  Cut the slice in half and place on top of the roll like knots on a tree trunk.

In a bain marie melt the chocolate.  Once melted place over the roll - simulating a pattern like a tree trunk (fork works well!) .

Cocinar, comer y sey feliz!

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