Gingerbread bûche de Noël recipe

A real showstopper of a cake, this three-tiered beauty is all dark chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream. It’s perfect for an impressive Christmas dessert

How to

1. A beautiful rolled cake flavoured with warming ginger and cinnamon, Edd Kimber’s bûche de Noël comes filled with a lemony Lotus Biscoff cream

Gingerbread bûche de Noël

2. Put the egg yolks and half the sugar in a large bowl, and beat using an electric whisk for 3 minutes until pale and light in texture. Add the oil and milk, and whisk to combine. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cornflour, salt and spices. Add this to the egg yolk mixture and whisk briefly until smooth. Clean the beaters of the electric whisk. In another bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy, then slowly whisk in the remaining sugar until the mixture holds soft peaks. Working in three additions, gently fold the meringue into the egg yolk mixture until no streaks remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared tray and very gently spread into the corners.

3. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cake is lightly browned and springs back with a light touch. Remove from the oven and use a round-bladed knife to cut the cake away from the edges of the tray. Invert onto a sheet of baking paper set on a wire rack, peeling the original paper off the back. Leave to cool completely. This is a chiffon-style cake, so it will stay flexible without the need to pre-roll it.

Gingerbread bûche de Noël

4. Spread the cookie butter over the cooled cake in a thin layer. For the rest of the filling, whisk together the cream, lemon curd and vanilla until the mixture is just holding soft peaks. Spread a thin layer of the cream over the cookie butter and roll up from a short end into a tight roll. Carefully transfer to a serving platter, then spread the remaining cream over the top. Will keep covered in the fridge for two days.

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