Wednesday, 17 December 2014

❅ all is bright

this month at Cake Club 
the idea was to bake something you'd
like to trial for Christmas
this recipe was in a book owned
by my friend Cheryll
and it ticked all the boxes!
despite all the seemingly complicated steps
it's really easy to make and proper delicious
as the ladies of cake club will agree ....
they renamed this cake
sexy log! 

apple & butterscotch {sexy} log

you will need ....

for the sponge ~ 
75g caster sugar
85g self raising flour
4 large eggs separated

preheat oven to 180c/ gas 4
line and grease a swiss roll tin {25 x 38cm}
sift the flour into a bowl

in another bowl
beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale
sift the flour once more onto this mixture 
and fold in gently
beat the egg whites to stiff peaks
add a third to the yolk mixture
then gently fold in the rest
pour into the swiss roll tin
and bake for 6-8 minutes until golden
cool in the tin for 2 minutes 
then place on a rack and cover with a tea towel
for the caramel apples ~
2 apples
a small knob of butter
50g soft light brown sugar

peel & core the apples and cut into 1cm cubes
add them to a pan with the sugar and butter
cook on a high heat for 10 mins or so
until apples are slightly soft and brown
cool completely
for the butterscotch cream ~
450ml double cream
100g butter
200g soft light brown sugar
50g icing sugar

place 150ml of the cream, butter and brown sugar in a pan
bring to a boil then lower to a simmer
cook for 5-10 minutes
until thick and golden
leave to cool completely
put the remaining cream and icing sugar
in a bowl and whisk until thick
fold in the cooled butterscotch sauce

putting it together!
carefully remove the baking paper from
the sponge, either put it onto the tea towel
or cut a fresh piece of baking paper
spread a thin layer of butterscotch cream 
all over the sponge
then spoon the apples along one edge
using the tea towel or paper to help
start to roll up the log
tightly as you can
once rolled, cut a piece off at an angle
this will be a 'branch'

put the log onto a plate or board
cover it in the remaining butterscotch cream
using a fork or skewer to make bark effects!
adorn with festive pieces 
shower with icing sugar
happy holidays!