Christmas Logs – Traditional Maltese Style!

This special Christmas treat is really the best log you can get in the festive period. It is different than the traditional yule log because this is not a cake but it’s made with a combination of crushed biscuits, mixed nuts, candied peel, cherries and condensed milk. We then cover it with a layer of dark chocolate and sprinkle some icing sugar for decoration.

Ingredients (makes 2 medium logs)

  • 450g plain digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 397g condensed milk
  • 100g glace cherries, chopped
  • 100g walnuts, roasted and chopped
  • 100g candied peel
  • 150g a mix of hazelnuts and almonds, roasted and chopped
  • 100g cooking dark chocolate, melted bain-marie
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Icing sugar for decorating, sifted
  • Brandy (as much as as you wish but a shot or two is recommended)

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small heat proof bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spoon
  • Christmas toppers for decorating

Method

  1. Crush biscuits in a food processor on a medium speed.
  2. Transfer crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add chopped walnuts, mixed nuts, candied peel, glace cherries, cocoa powder and brandy shots. Give everything a good mix.
  4. Add condensed milk and stir everything really well until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Transfer mix onto a worktop and continue to bind everything as if ‘kneading a dough’ lightly. Form into a long rectangular shape.
  6. At this stage you can either leave it as one big log or you can cut it in two. If you’re leaving it as one big log, jump onto step no.8, if not carry on with step 7.
  7. Roll out and shape each piece into a rectangular shape like we did already.
  8. Place on a greaseproof paper and wrap each log. Place in refrigerator to harden for 12 hours.
  9. After 12 hours you can take them out of the fridge and prepare for decorating.
  10. Melt the chocolate bain-marie style.
  11. Spread melted chocolate all over the log with the back of a spoon.
  12. With the side of the spoon scrape the chocolate vertically to make some grooves and make it look more like a real log.
  13. Decorate with some Christmas toppers and dust with icing sugar.
  14. Once the chocolate has completely dried, you can store in refrigerator or covered at room temperature.

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