Posts Tagged Buttercream

Brandy (or Rum) Butter

Posted 24 December 2010 by
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Well, there’s just one day left until Christmas and I thought I’d share what I consider one of the essentials for Christmas Day. It is also one of the easiest things you can make! I’m talking about brandy butter, essential for dolloping onto Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolate yule log… ice cream, er… anything! It’s so easy to make, consisting of buttercream, with added brandy. This recipe is so easy to tweak to make it a different flavour, like rum butter. Just swap the added alcohol and use brown sugar instead of white if you prefer.

Brandy butter in a glass.

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Nigella’s Chocolate Yule Log

Posted 23 December 2010 by
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Every year at Christmas, I ice a chocolate swiss roll, as a yule log. This year is the first time I have made the whole thing. Actually, that’s not strictly true. There was that one time in home economics when I was about 12, when I attempted to make a chocolate yule log. The sponge turned out like rubber, and the “icing” was liquid. It was one big, chocolatey mess. Happily, this one turned out much better. This recipe for a flourless chocolate yule log, or Bûche de Noël, comes from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Christmas.

Chocolate yule log decorated with chocolate buttercream and icing sugar.

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