I am bringing a classic back this Christmas with a very retro inspired recipe! Some still make it, some remember if from their childhood and some have never heard of it but I definitely think it should appear on your Christmas table his year.
Since sharing an image of my Chocolate Chippie Log on Facebook a few days ago I have been inundated with people remembering the version of this they had many years ago, with so many names given to this creation and so many variations to the same recipe. So it is with some delight that I get to share this with you.
It came about as I overloaded myself with cream – I purchased a huge bottle for just one recipe so thought I had best get my thinking hat on to use it up – then I spied a few packets of biscuits in the cupboard and remembered my Mum making this when I was young. Back then I am certain it had Sherry in it and was covered in lashings of cream – so chances are good I never ate it – but I certainly remember it being a special occasion dessert.
It is actually so simple to make, simply prepare some cream, decide what ‘dunking’ liquid you will use, anything from sherry, brandy, orange juice, lemonade, ginger ale and beyond has been suggested! Many versions refer to half Sherry & half Orange Juice so you really can create your own flavour. Then simply settle down to get assembling. You then store it overnight or for at least 6 hours to ensure that the biscuits have softened then you will have a dessert to be proud of!
I covered mine in a delicious toffee sauce that I found at the supermarket – but simply sprinkling over grated chocolate would do the trick – but I have to say a caramel or toffee sauce takes it to the next level!
So without further ado onto the recipe, it’s easy and I will also include a little tip recently learnt about how to get your cream to last a little longer – and that is to add instant vanilla pudding to the whipped cream! Totally optional and will make your cream a little stiffer than normal once it has chilled but it is nice for a change!
- 1 x 300g Packet of Gingernut Biscuits
- 300 mls of Cream
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 1 Tablespoon Icing Sugar
- (Optional - 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Instant Pudding, see below for instructions*)
- Orange Juice, Sherry, Brandy, Lemonade, Ginger-ale etc - Approx 1 Cup
- In a large stainless steel mixing bowl add the cream and being to slowly beat with electric beaters or a food mixer and gently increase the speed
- Once the cream begins to leave a trail after the beaters add the vanilla essence and icing sugar and continue to mix on a medium speed until soft peaks have formed.
- Mix for a few seconds more until you have stiff peaks, set aside the whipped cream.
- Prepare your "dunking" liquid in a shallow bowl.
- Take your serving plate and ensure it is long enough to hold the packet of biscuits and a few inches either end.
- Smear some cream across the plate as I have done above, this helps hold the biscuits in place and forms a base.
- Take the first biscuit and dunk it briefly in the chosen liquid, then smear one side with cream and place it vertically on the plate - the first one may fall but the second will hold it up.
- Take the second biscuit, dunk it briefly in the liquid, smear one side with cream and place it up against they first biscuit.
- Repeat until all the biscuits are used up and form a straight line.
- Take the remaining cream and gently smear all over the top and sides of the log, smoothing as best you can.
- Chill the cream covered log for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, to allow the biscuits to soften before serving.
- Serve covered with a sauce or grated chocolate.
*If you would like to try the vanilla instant pudding simply begin to whip up 250mls of cream gently. While you are doing this add the remaining 50mls of cream to a small bowl. Stir into this the 1 Tablespoon of vanilla instant pudding, then the essence and icing sugar, once the cream begins to leave a trail add this instant pudding mixture to it and combine as normal until firm peaks appear.
And there you have it! A Kiwi & Australian Classic. I have also uploaded my chocolate chip version so be sure to try them both out to see which one you prefer more!
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my latest recipe. I hope that you try this one at your next special occasion and help revive this classic recipe.