Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Easy Swiss Roll Chocolate Christmas Pudding

Easy Swiss Roll Chocolate Christmas Pudding

Hello Beach Dwellers
All good with you? Or are you feeling a little punch drunk with Christmas craziness, like me?
If you follow on Facebook, you will see that I had a flop with this Swiss Roll Chocolate Christmas Pudding last week.  I wasn't concentrating and did not take enough care to thoroughly soak the Swiss Rolls in chocolate sauce. So I made it again.  It is that quick and easy, that it was no trouble at all.  .

I have been making it for years and thought this might help you out, if you are not partial to the traditional Christmas Pudding.  The great thing is, when you cut into it, the pattern created by the chocolate soaking down into the layers, makes it very pretty inside.

We had a fabulous weekend .  Although I, like most other mums, am somewhat drowning from the endless food, wine and Christmas carolling spinning around my head.  My girth is expanding almost daily and I am looking forward to a week OF ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL.  Hopefully nothing comes up socially, as I have the will power of a kid in a chocolate shop, when food and wine are at hand.

We visited the David Jones windows in Sydney city on Saturday.  The store is celebrating 175 years of retail in Sydney.  The theme this year is the store's history and I was fascinated by the story behind some of the departments and the store's institutions, such as the choir.  Businesses like this, who have supported and delighted children at Christmas, for more than a century, certainly get my support.
If you do nothing else in the Spirit of Christmas this season, go visit the DJs windows.  They were really interesting and satisfied me, that I had given my kids a taste of the real meaning of Christmas.
Santa's cave on the 6th floor is also worth a visit.

The DJs Food Hall began in 1936 and was based on Fortnum and Mason in London. And as it was the Depression, prided itself on selling ordinary food, as well as luxuries.

The QVB is also a must, if only for the Christmas tree, but there are also some great toy stores on the top floor.  We only window shop, but it delights the children in any case.

I have not eaten dinner at home in days and am looking forward to some Chinese Pepper Steak, a la Carolyn this evening and bed by 8.30pm.  Oh that sounds like heaven.

Swiss Roll Chocolate Christmas Pudding
Serves 6 - 8

1x 400g Swiss Roll ( I used Coles brand)
50g butter
2 heaped tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup castor sugar
1-2 tablespoons of rum (optional)
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Fruit to garnish
Cream to serve

Line a small pudding bowl with glad wrap.  I use a laksa takeaway container. (18cm or 7 inches in diameter)
Thinly slice the Swiss Roll, to form discs. ( 1cm  or just under 1/2 inch)
Line your bowl with the discs, to form the outer layer.  Reserve the remaining discs.

You may need to cut some in half lengthways, to fit your bowl.
Using a double boiler, melt butter, sugar and cocoa.
Add milk and salt.
Remove from heat.
Beat egg yolks lightly and stir into the sauce very slowly.
Return to the stove and stir lightly for 2 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
Add rum if desired.
Pour chocolate sauce over the first layer and make sure you thoroughly soak the Swiss Roll discs.  You may find you need to lift and swizzle the bowl around a bit, so all the rolls get soaked with chocolate sauce.

Use the remaining Swiss Roll discs to form another layer and once in place soak with chocolate sauce.
Continue until all the Swiss Roll is used up. 

Cover and refrigerate over night, or for at least 6 hours.

My kids much preferred the second one I made, without rum.  I think this would be nice with Cointreau, mint liqueur, Baileys or whatever you fancy, substituted in for the rum.
Garnish with fruit and serve with cream.
This recipe can be made several days before decanting from the pudding bowl.

If you are doubtful about trying this, don't be, as it still turns out easily and tastes great.  I still served this one below, but I didn't think it was blog worthy.

The flop.......Here I used nectarines to garnish
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  1. I am with you on the food and alcohol - I am like a kid in a candy store too. I can't wait for January 1 when the festive season is on it's way out the door! I'd love to see the store windows all done up for Christmas. We don't have anything like that here on the Gold Coast! The pudding looks delicious! -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

  2. That is a very cool idea! I use chocolate swiss roll for my chocolate trifle, which is so yum!!!

  3. Oh I love the pics of the children, they are all so precious. Thanks also for some more fabulous recipes and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. Gorgeous photos. We went to the qvb again for santa photos!! That pudding looks yum and easy, 2 of my favourite things!!

  5. Omergawhd ... another gorgeous recipe!! Pinned again - don't want to lose this one. Looks so good! :-) x

  6. We always do the David Jones windows too, and the big Christmas tree in Martin Place. It's an unmissable part of the Christmas experience for us!

  7. I really miss the QVB Christmas displays :( And well done on having a week alcohol free, I sure could do with that right now! Maybe sometime in January.

  8. Yummy, great sharing with beautiful pictures this swiss roll chocolate christmas pudding.
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  9. Looks great! So much gorgeous food at this time of year, my middle is expanding just looking at it. My eyes are too big for my belly!

  10. We are to see DJ windows today.
    I like this recipe too.


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