I've been feeling pretty rotten lately. On Sunday I was feeling somewhat better and decide to really challenge myself (mistake number one) so out came the cookbooks...and the search began. I was searching for something chocolately, something to test, something that could be shortlisted for my Christmas meal. I was flipping through my books, my clippings and my basket of mags...and then I came across Stephane Reynaud's Buche de Noel from 365 Reasons to Sit Down and Eat. Perfect! Buche de Noel...with a choice of fillings- chocolate or chestnut cream.
Done done done! The filling had to be chocolate...David's request and well...my mum doesn't like chestnuts and I am already putting them in the stuffing and with the brussels...so she needs a break! The cake was easy to make (even after I realised that I had bought XL eggs...grrrr) and it rolled up really nicely. So...once cooled I got onto the chocolate cream filling....and this is where it all went wrong.
The instructions in this cookbook are minimal. For the most part there isn't much cook's intuition needed, but man I was waaaaay off on Sunday. The instructions say to melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler and then add in whipped cream. Not a word about letting the chocolate cool...I should have realised...I mean I kinda did...I let the chocolate cool a little...but well...I guess you can imagine what happened. The chocolate was too warm and totally melted the whipped cream!! So I tried to rescue it by whipping it all up again...but the butter made it a little bit greasy. Anyway, I managed to spread enough on the cake and roll it up, cover the top and get it all in the fridge to cool and set.
While it looks presentable it is not going on the Christmas dessert shortlist...back to the drawing board I go!