Chocolate log

Yield: 4 logs

Measure Ingredient
2 ounces Dried mixed fruit and peel
2 ounces Raisins
½ pounds Walnut pieces
2 ounces Blanched, toasted almonds
6 ounces Good quality plain chocolate melted
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 ounces Flaked coconut (optional) teacup dark rum (approx.)

Put the fruit and nuts through a mincer or food processor, chop them fairly coarsely and then place in a mixing bowl. Add the melted chocolate, the sugar and the optional coconut. Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until well blended. Add rum to the mixture until it becomes soft and pliable but not too liquid to hold its shape.

Divide into four equal parts. Place on a sugared board and shape into logs with your hands. Finally, roll each log in granulated sugar. Wrap tightly in greaseproof paper and then in foil or plastic wrap. Leave in a cool, dry place to mellow and solidify. Serve cut into slices.

To make a Yule Log, score the log to make it look like tree bark. Add a few hazelnuts for knots and stick in a few sprigs of holly. Wrap in colored tissue paper and tie the ends with ribbon to look like a Christmas cracker for giving away.

The authors note that this is *very* rich and that it improves with age.

from Edible Gifts by Claire Clifton and Martina Nicolls typed by Tiffany Hall-Graham

Submitted By TIFFANY HALL-GRAHAM On 03-05-95

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