We had to share this recipe with you... it's by far the easiest but most impressive dish and couldn't be any more perfect for the festive season. We're both going to be making this dessert for our families on Xmas day and so wanted to share the love with you all and inspire you to do the same, it's such a winner!!
Trust us, we are no Nigella in the kitchen so if you just follow our step by step guide below we guarantee yours will look exactly like ours pictured above.
175g plain choclate
175g caster sugar
6 large eggs, separated
2 tbsp cocoa powder
300ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 180C fan
Break the chocolate into small pieces into a bowl over simmering water (this is the best way to melt chocolate without it over heating)
Once all the chocolate has been melted leave it to stand until completely cooled down
**good tip - if like us you don't have all day to wait for chocolate to cool down (!) put the bowl in another bowl with ice cubes... genius!**
Put the sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk until it forms a light and creamy texture
Once the melted chocolate has cooled down stir it into the egg yolk & sugar mixture and mix until evenly blended.
Whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Next fold in the egg whites to the chocolate mixture with a metal spoon, (NB arm ache can occur!). Sift the cocoa over the top and fold in lightly.
Pour the mixture into a swiss roll tin which has been lined with greaseproof paper, move the tin around to make sure the mixture is even. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top should be slightly crisp. Leave to cool.
Next whisk the cream and carefully put the cooled cake on greaseproof paper lightly dusted with icing sugar.
Cover the cake with cream leaving a border around the edges. At one of the shortest edges make a small cut with a knife across the end, about half way through (this is to help you roll)
Now roll the cut edge over tightly and use the paper to help you roll the sponge; pulling the paper away from you as you go. Don't get panicked if you see any cracks, this means it moist!
For the finishing touch, we like to dust with icing sugar, mint leaves and pomegranates...it looks so festive!
We would love to know your Christmas recipes, the easiest the better!