Yule* Just Love This (*we're sorry, we had to)

Yule* Just Love This (*we're sorry, we had to)

Mincemeat Yule Log with Chocolate Fudge Icing

Another week and another #TwitterBakeAlong. Lead by The Baking Nanna and Robert Allen, a recipe is voted for each week and anyone can join the challenge of creating their recipe. Post it to Twitter with the accompanying hashtag and, not only will you have made something totally awesome but, you might just win something! Honestly, we're in it for the fun. This weeks challenge was the classic Yule Log(set by Whitworths sugar) and, with a couple of jars of 2014 vintage mincemeat just begging to be used, what better thing to make than this incredible Mincemeat Yule Log from Mayo News' Teresina Fitzpatrick.

Start by making the sponge. Whisk egg yolks, caster sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy then set aside. Next whisk your egg whites until they hold they hold their shape but aren't dry. Fold in your mincement to your sugar and egg mix, taking care not to beat out the air and gently fold in your flour. We love a bit of spice so chose to add some extra mixed spice at this stage. Losen the mix with a spoon of egg whites before folding in the remaining whites and pouring your mix into your prepared tin.

Bake in a preheated oven until your sponge springs back then leave in the tin to cool completely. In a clean bowl whisk your cream until it just holds and gently fold in your booze. As our mincemeat was cherry heavy we chose kirsh, but any good liquor will work. Turn your sponge out onto a clean tea towel or clean parchment and spread evenly with your cream.

Working from the end nearest you, score a line across the sponge and fold over. Now, using your tea towel, push the towel away from you whilst maintaining a firm pressure to roll up your yule log. Slice an end off at an angle and place this against your main role to create an extra branch. Set aside to chill.

You could simply dust with icing sugar but, we wanted the traditional 'log effect' and decided to add a fudgy frosting from BBC Good Food. Melt chocolate in a bain marie and set aside to cool a little. Next, beat icing sugar and butter until smooth (this is a basic buttercream) before whisking in cocoa, the cooled melted chocolate and a couple of spoons of milk. Finally pipe in stripes and dust with icing sugar for a snow frosted winter log look.

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