Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yule log Roll (not a medieval recipe)

My son and I made this Yule Log into a camp fire log for his Blue and Gold Cub Scout  Dinner. (which is why if has the fake fire added to it)

The recipe comes from Dorothy Morrison's "YULE A Celebration of Light and Warmth"

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (or a mixture of both)
1 cup flaked coconut
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 box chocolate cake mix (or homemade cake from scratch)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 can ready to spread chocolate frosting (or homemade)

for decorations: green gummy candies (leaf shaped) and red hot cinnamon candies, small Yule candles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil; make sure the foil lines the sides and bottom completely.  Melt the butter in the foil lined plan in the oven, sprinkle evenly with nuts and coconut and drizzle the condensed milk on top.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs at high speed for 4-6 minutes or until thick and lemon colored.  At very low speed, gradually blend in the water.  Add the cake mix and blend for a minute or so until all the dry ingredients are mixed. Pour the batter over the condensed milk and spread it evenly.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.

Lightly sprinkle a large kitchen towel with powered sugar.  Remove the cake from the oven, cover it with the sugared towel,and immediately turn the cake upside down onto the towel.

Remove foil carefully; try not to disturb the hot filing on top.  Begin with one of the short sides of the cake and gently roll up with the filling inside the roll.  When you have rolled up the entire cake, wrap the towel around it and let it cool completely.

Ice with chocolate frosting, then comb a fork through the frosting to fashion tree bark. Garnish with green gummy leaves (I used green frosting to make leaves) trimmed to look like holly leaves and use the cinnamon candies for holly berries.  add Yule candles if you like.

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