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Chocolate Yuletide Log


Chocolate is mandatory at Christmas, smooth dark bittersweet chocolate, mixed with love and other luxury ingredients into a yummy delicacy.

I was inspired to make this chocolate treat by an old rum ball recipe of my Mum’s made with crushed biscuits and dried fruit. Because my biscuit choice is limited by gluten and my fruit choice by fructose, Mum’s recipe needed a makeover. The cherries, pistachios and Turkish delight looked so beautiful together, I decided to roll the mixture into logs so that on a serving plate, the jewel like surface would entice my friends and family to indulge.

This tempting confection, wrapped in a bonbon of cellophane would be a welcome Christmas gift for the chocolate lover. This mixture makes six logs 20cm X 3cm, each log yielding 10 slices.


250g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
100g butter
100g brown sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of one large orange
2 tablespoons brandy
125g amaretti biscuits
125g plain sweet biscuits (I used gluten free)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
125g natural glacé cherries, halved
125g Turkish delight, chopped into pieces similar size to the halved cherries
50g pistachios, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pure icing sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a gentle heat, then add the chocolate and gently stir until it has completely melted.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool a little.
Lightly beat the egg with a fork then gently stir them into the chocolate with a wooden spoon.
Stir in the orange zest and the sieved cocoa powder.
Add the biscuits, Turkish delight, pistachios and cherries and brandy, stir well.
Chill for 30-40 minutes.
Form into rough log shapes. You will find it useful to use some baking paper to roll and the logs.
Chill again for 15 minutes, then finesse the logs and roll in a combination of icing sugar and unsweetened cocoa. Chill overnight uncovered.
Transfer to an airtight container, keep chilled.
To serve, slice carefully with a hot, dry, serrated edged kife.



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Chocolate Yuletide Log

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  2. Dolly Rubiano
    December 26, 2013

    It looks fantastic! I can treat myself to some of these, for sure!


  3. Fig & Quince
    December 22, 2013

    I’ve never had one of these. This looks: amazing!!! I do hope Santa brings me one! If not, I’ll roll up my sleeves and make one. Your recipe is great.


  4. Saskia (1=2)
    December 20, 2013

    Ohhh, this looks amazing. I have 3 coeliacs in my extended family, so am absolutely pinning this to try later. It’s a little like a panforte, but with much more interesting ingredients! Turkish Delight is an inspired inclusion. Big yum!


    • ladyredspecs
      December 21, 2013

      So glad you like to look of my chocolate log, it’s absolutely delicious and a perfect treat for a coeliac. Happy Christmas Saskia


  5. marymtf
    December 20, 2013

    I’m with everyone else, yum.


  6. Pacific Merchants
    December 18, 2013

    Love this. It looks almost like a salami (good prank food, perhaps?) but with all the goodness of the season!


    • ladyredspecs
      December 18, 2013

      I thought the same thing! There are loads of recipes out there for chocolate “salami” but that name just doesn’t ring true to me for a sweet confection, Whatever you call it, it tastes delicious! Happy Christmas


  7. Fae's Twist & Tango
    December 18, 2013

    My mouth is watering as I see the photos. Just yummy!


  8. chef mimiMimi
    December 18, 2013



  9. bakeritalia
    December 17, 2013

    Yum! This is right up my alley. Beautiful photos!


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This entry was posted on December 17, 2013 by in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts, FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Gluten free baking, Sweet mouthfuls.
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