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Chocolate Roulade (Chocolate log)

For my son’s 6th birthday cake, he requested a rectangle with circle ends….I translated this into a Chocolate Roulade (or a Chocolate log). So, here is the first chocolate log I have made. I will add one note, to avoid cracking when rolling the cake you need to roll when straight from the oven.

Chocolate_Log

Ingredients (original recipe from New Zealand Edmonds Cookbook)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Icing sugar (confectionary sugar)
  • Strawberry jam
  • 4 oz Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 – 1 cup cream, whipped

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick. Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder together and add to the egg mixture. Add butter and water.

Pour mixture into a 20 x 30 cm sponge roll tin. Bake at 190 degrees C (375 F) for 10-12 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

When cooked turn out onto cookie paper (grease-proof paper), that is lightly coated with icing sugar. Spread the strawberry jam, strawberries and whip cream over the cake. Roll from the short side using the paper to help. Leave the roll wrapped in paper and refrigerate (to prevent cream from melting).

When cold sprinkle with additional icing sugar (powdered or confectionary sugar) or ice with chocolate butter icing. Slice and serve.

 

Tips + Boone Hall Plantation, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina (Part 1)

Charleston has been amazing so far. We had a great day today, discovering must go places…two of the food/beverage places were kind of ordinary from the outside but phenomenal food/coffee and service.

  • Sunrise Bistro – about the only breakfast place on Johns Island. The service was warm and friendly. Food was delivered to the table in a timely manner, and it was correct. The coffee was amazing, I had roasted coffee with taste of pecans…mouth watering even now when I think about it. We all enjoyed our meals of kids french toast, a breakfast sampler (ham, eggs, potatoes, french toast) + Smoked Salmon Bagel. Price was very reasonable – under $25. http://www.sunrise-bistro.com/
  • Southern Brews Coffee – a drive thru coffee stop. We arrived at 4:15pm, but unfortunately it closed at 4pm. You won’t believe this but the manager came to the drive thru window and still served us as we were visiting. I got an Iced Nobel Prize Latte (which is english toffee and vanilla flavored) and the hubby got a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It was delectable, I might have to go back tomorrow and try one of their Blended drinks with the cream on top 🙂  http://www.southernbrewscoffee.com/
  • Oh and that coffee I liked at Sunrise Bistro was by King Bean Coffee Roasters based in Charleston. They are selling the beans at Whole Foods in Columbia and Mt Pleasant only. They did not have the Southern Pecan Flavor but I did pick up a Brazilian (Decaf), Plantation and Columbia.

The main part of today, we spent at Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. I would again definitely recommend it, there was so much to do….a coach tour round the plantation, cafe with homemade ice cream, house tour, and slave quarters with a history of slavery and freedom. My favorite parts were the longest avenue of oaks, and the gardens.

Below are photo’s of the natural surroundings of Boone Hall Plantation. I am splitting my photos across two posts. The next post will be of Boone Hall’s buildings and structures on the property. Enjoy!!

Avenue of OaksBooneHallPlantation_OakAvenue

Amazing foliage BooneHallPlantation_Plant

Tidal salt marshBooneHallPlantation_SaltMarsh2

Fresh water lake (with alligators)BooneHallPlantation_FreshWater

House gardensBooneHallPlantation_Gardens1

 

 

Heavenly French Toast

Of course, while on vacation, we have more time to do things like make french toast for breakfast, go sight-seeing and hopefully get some reading and sewing in. For some reason though, I am falling behind in my replies to comments but I plan (and promise) to catch-up tonight. Maybe I am falling behind due to that craving of French toast???

FrenchToast_Breakfast

 

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 4-6 slices of toast bread
  • butter
  • 2-4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Lightly beat the eggs and milk together (I use a fork or a whisk). Pour mixture into a flat square/rectangle dish. Place the bread in the dish, leave each side for a few seconds (no more than a minute) to evenly coat the bread and let it soak in. Turn the bread over with a fork and coat the second side. The bread should soak up most of the egg mixture.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Sprinkle some of the sugar mix onto a plate. Carefully take a slice of bread out of the egg mixture and place on the sugar mix to coat. Repeat with second side.

Place about a 1/2 tsp butter in a warmed skillet. Spread the butter to evenly coat the skillet. Place the coated bread in the skillet, once browned and sugar is starting to caramelized use a fork to turn the bread to caramelize the other side.

Repeat with all slices of bread. Serve immediately with maple syrup or whipped cream or a fruit compote (blueberries or raspberries works well). I also like to add caramelized banana’s on top with a Tbsp of maple syrup.

Charleston_OldSouthCarriage

We have also been sight-seeing in downtown Charleston, as mentioned yesterday. Above is the Old South Carriage Company we used yesterday for the tour around Charleston. Below, is an amazing little Inn, close to the old market city – I just love that mustard color exterior. Charleston_Inn

Unique architecture can be found all over Charleston, but the most common characteristic is the Single House, a style from the English row houses…look at the privacy door. It is just a door to the Piazzas (veranda’s). They are so quaint and definitely contribute to the historic nature of the Charleston.Charleston_SingleRowHouse

Then of course there are the mansions which have been used in all kind of period films and now selling for $4 million USD on average.Charleston_Mansion Charleston_Mansion2 Charleston_Gates

We couldn’t believe the number of churches – Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Unitarian….and moreCharleston_Church

So that is what we do when we have that extra time….what things do you take time doing while on vacation??