Chocolate Cherry Log
200 g white sugar
150 ml tap water
finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
80 g cocoa
100 g dark chocolate, melted
100 g Safari Walnuts, coarsely chopped
50 g Safari Currants
50 g Moir’s Citrus Peel
2.5 ml Moir’s Brandy Essence
5 ml Moir’s Vanilla Essence
100 g Moir’s Green Glacé Cherries
65 g icing sugar, sifted
Combine sugar and water in a medium-sized stainless steel saucepan and stir over a low heat until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat and bring to the boil.
Place a sugar thermometer in the syrup and boil over a medium heat until a reading of 105° C has been obtained. Alternatively, dip a fork in the syrup, lift it out and blow on to the syrup dripping off the fork. The syrup should form a fine thread.
Remove from heat and whisk cocoa in the hot syrup. Place over heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches boiling point. Remove from heat and add melted chocolate, walnuts, currants and peel.
Return to heat and stir until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and add Moir’s Brandy Essence and Moir’s Vanilla Essence. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
To decorate: Sift ¾ icing sugar onto a cold working surface. Divide chocolate mixture into three equal parts and roll each part into a log –about 50 mm (4 inches) in diameter. Press Moir’s Green Glacé Cherries into centre along length of log, and roll again so that cherries are hidden in the centre. Roll logs in sifted icing sugar. Sift remaining icing sugar onto a cold working surface and roll logs to coat evenly on the outside. Cover each log with greaseproof paper, then with aluminium foil and refrigerate.
To serve, roll log in extra icing sugar and slice into 10 mm (± ½ inch) thick slices
48 – 60 slices