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Chocolate Log with a Whipped Dark Boozy Chocolate Ganache – We Should Cocoa #40

Chocolate Log

The name of my blog might assume that I know what I’m doing when it comes to chocolate logs, even that I’m something of an expert. Well I’m not. My efforts at rolling  have been unsuccessful to say the least, as can be testified by my Liskeard Mess and the various other attempts I’ve made at a roulade. I’ve watched Mary Berry and any number of others do it and I’ve tried various techniques, but invariably my rolls crack hideously and have been known to disintegrate entirely. My least disastrous attempt was this Matcha Chocolate Roll.

Thus, when I was asked recently if I would make a chocolate log, my heart gave a little tremble.

Now it just so happened that I was sent one of the most beautifully packaged parcels I’ve received in a long time. A sturdy but elegant black box contained a newly designed 70cl bottle of Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur, dressed in black and hot fuchsia pink. It was accompanied by two special Thorntons chocolate liqueur glasses wrapped in matching paper and a £10 supermarket voucher nestled in a bed of wood straw. The colour scheme was eye catching indeed and the presentation lifted my spirits – so to speak. The premise was to create a recipe using the liqueur. Ding! With chocolate logs very much on my brain, my first thought was to incorporate the liqueur into the ganache that I’d planned to fill my log with and the thought stuck.

But first, I had to try the chocolate liqueur. CT was not going to pass this opportunity up either. We had a glass over ice followed by a glass neat. We could have gone on, it was so moreish, but I had to apply the brakes before we became inebriated. Originally launched in 2011, this liqueur was developed by the Thorntons master chocolatier, Keith Hurdman; it is a vodka based drink with cream and West African cocoa. It’s hard to think of a better combination than cream, chocolate and alcohol and because vodka does not have a strong taste of its own, the chocolate and cream were allowed to speak for themselves. At 17% volume, this is quite a strong drink, so a little goes a long way. It wasn’t quite as dark or as rich as the Bailey’s Chocolat Luxe, but it was nevertheless delicious. And at £13.99, this is an affordable treat.

Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur

If you are able to restrain yourself from drinking this chocolate liqueur just as it is, there are any number of ways you could use it. The bottle came with a recipe card for various cocktails, drinks and desserts. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I think I’m going to have to, as some of them sound very tempting indeed. With the cold weather now upon us, a hot chocolate with a slug of this could be just the thing after a bracing walk. How about a Thorntons Chocolatini or a Thorntons White Russian to indulge and delight your guests. As for the recipe for Thorntons Fondant, it has my name written all over it.

This is how I made:

Chocolate Log with a Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • Melted 50g 72% dark chocolate in a bowl over hot water, then removed from the heat.
  • Stirred in 2 tbsp Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur.
  • Stirred in 100 ml double cream until just incorporated.
  • Left to cool in the fridge for 1/2 hour whilst getting on with the sponge.
  • Whipped the ganache until light and moussy.
  • Whisked the eggs whites of 3 duck eggs in a bowl with electric beaters until stiff.
  • In another bowl, whisked the yolks of 3 duck eggs with 75g vanilla (caster) sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract for a minute or so until the yolks were pale.
  • Sifted in 30g cocoa powder and carefully stirred in.
  • Folded in the egg white until just incorporated, then scraped the mixture into a 19 x 29 cm Swiss roll tin lined with baking paper.
  • Baked for 20 minutes at 180°C when the sponge had risen and the top was bouncy when pressed. Left in the tin to cool.
  • Covered a clean piece of baking parchment with vanilla sugar. Turned the sponge onto this, then peeled off the backing paper.
  • Spread the ganache evenly over the sponge. Cut half way through the sponge, 1 cm in on the narrow end to help start the roll. Then using the sugar covered paper to help, rolled the sponge up as carefully as I could.
  • Cut about 1/2 cm of either end to neaten.
  • Dusted with vanilla sugar.
Chocolate Log

Well, maybe practice makes perfect, maybe I just got lucky or maybe the glass of Thornton’s liqueur I sipped whilst baking played its part. There were a few cracks, but the sponge held together and I was marginally pleased with the result. I was very pleased with the taste and texture of the chocolate log – thank goodness for neatened ends.

The whipped ganache containing Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur was, though I say it myself, sublime. It was light and moussy in texture with a rich chocolate flavour enhanced by the presence of the liqueur. It was a perfect match for the chocolate log and I’m now wondering why I’ve never tried anything like this before. The ganache is an ideal recipe for the festive season and could be used to fill any number of cakes and biscuits. I will most certainly be making it again.

As I was secretly, or maybe not so secretly, pleased with this chocolate log especially the whipped dark boozy chocolate ganache, I am using this as my entry for this month’s We Should Cocoa where alcohol is the special ingredient.

I am also submitting this to Lets Cook Christmas Party Food over at Simply Food.

Additionally, I’m sending this off to Javelin Warrior for his Made With Love Mondays.

It’s a very tricky letter that’s been picked for Alphabakes this month, but luckily it’s December so X for xmas is allowed. Hooray. I am thus sending my Xmas Chocolate Log to Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline of Caroline Makes.

I’m sending the bottom photo off to No Croutons Required with Jac of Tinned Tomatoes who is looking for Festive Photos this month.

Well it doesn’t get more Christmassy than a Chocolate Log, especially a boozy one, so I am submitting this to Calendar Cakes where the theme this month is Jingle Bell Rocks. This event is co-hosted by DollyBakes and Laura Loves Cakes.

I was sent a bottle of Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur and a supermarket voucher in order to create a recipe. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.

Comments

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    Foodycat
    3rd December 2013

    I’m so impressed that you have even attempted roulades! They terrify me.

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    sonia
    3rd December 2013

    Oh, heavens. That looks AMAZING. I’ve never made a roulade and am terrified to. But this recipe just might break the reluctance…

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    Kath
    3rd December 2013

    Ooh Choc, that looks and sounds heavenly. You should now be proud of your roulade prowess.

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    Johanna GGG
    3rd December 2013

    I feel your pain on roulades – have made very few but rolling is not my strong point – drinking chocolate liqueur out of stylish glasses in a northern winter is definitely something I think I could do well 🙂 And I would love to taste your beautiful roulade – I do that well too 🙂

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    Susan Lindquist
    3rd December 2013

    Holy smokes! Just lovely! I have always wanted to make a Buche de Noel with all the fancy meringue mushrooms and other doodads, but it just seems an insurmountable achievement! You’ve inspired me to try!

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    Nayna Kanabar
    3rd December 2013

    This looks so yum. perfect for the christmas party.Thankyou for sending it to Lets cook christmas party food event at simply.food.

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    Javelin Warrior
    3rd December 2013

    I’ve only sampled on version of chocolate liquor and it was from Godiva. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with that version but I love the idea of working it into a roll like this! This is beautiful, Choclette and sound sound perfect for the holidays…

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    Alida
    3rd December 2013

    I love the way you have presented this! And this is also perfect for your blog’s name 🙂
    You are the queen of chocolate Choclette!

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    Baking Addict
    3rd December 2013

    I’ve never made a yule log before and I’ve been toying with the idea for this year. I love the sound of the ganache and look of your log – beautiful! Perfect for Xmas and AlphaBakes, thanks for entering.

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    celia
    4th December 2013

    Goodness, that Thornton’s liqueur looks appealing! And I think you always do a great job with logs and this one is no exception – love the boozy ganache filling! I wish you were here, I have the perfect cake board for that log… 😀

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      Choclette
      8th December 2013

      Thank you Celia, you are always so encouraging. You’re perfect cake board has me intrigued.

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    Maggie
    4th December 2013

    Oh this looks lovely – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a chocolate roulade.

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    anna @ annamayeveryday
    5th December 2013

    Looks delicious, I usually use melted chocolate in my roulades but interested to try this way with cocoa. Love the sound of the ganache!

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    belleau kitchen
    6th December 2013

    how did I miss this stunner!… what a beauty and LOVE the boozy filling… i’m coming over for a slice of this beauty – watch out, here I come!

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    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    7th December 2013

    This sounds absolutely fabulous! I always love the addition of alcohol to food! I’m intrigued by the chocolate liqueur… is it particularly sweet? I bought my dad some chocolate wine back in June and it smelt very chocolately and delicious but it was so sickly sweet that we couldn’t bear to drink it!

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      Choclette
      8th December 2013

      Well yes, it is a bit sweet, but it is only meant to be drunk in small quantities and as it’s quite strong, the sweetness is offset somewhat. Neither CT or I are fans of really sweet stuff, but we liked this.

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    The KitchenMaid
    11th December 2013

    This is very beautiful, though I must say the ivy on the top gives me conniptions. If you’ve dug as much ivy as I have out of your garden, you’ll understand why! I have chosen the worst time of the year to abstain from large amounts of chocolate and alcohol, but surely a little nip of that choc liqueur would be medicinal?

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    Rachel Cotterill
    21st December 2013

    Mmm, that looks amazing. I’m still contemplating boozy options for this month’s we should cocoa 🙂

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    Sathya Priya
    27th December 2013

    These logs looks amazing .You designed it so well ,I am not aware of liquor types and i am excited to learn it in ur blog .

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