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Raspberry Wine Glazed Ham

A delicious gluten-free main dish that's perfect for Easter

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

 

This recipe (originally from Lithuanian Heritage magazine) would have been made with one of the hams, bone in, really thick layer of fat and skin and selling for about 79c/lb, versus the very expensive (and yes, delicious) spiral cut ham ($10/lb) from that chain that sells fancy hams. At my last Lithuanian cooking demo in March with an Easter menu, I was saying how my father and then I, would soak one of these cheaper hams for 24 hours, drain, fresh water and cook, then drain and finish in oven. This used to be the only type of ham that was available. One of the ladies said her mother always did it that way, so did she until her husband asked her why and she really didn’t know. To get rid of excess salt--she and her husband were happy to get a sensible answer.
 

Last year I bought for the first time, Carando labeled gluten-free, sliced, spiral boneless brown sugar and spice ham. $2.99 or $3.99 per lb, at my local Market Basket with long refrigerated shelf life. Remove red foil cover, then netting. Hold plastic vacuum wrapped ham over sink, cut open, drain off juices and then I put it in large ziploc bag on a dinner plate in fridge. I find that if you separate the spiral slices and immerse them in raspberry wine glaze and refrigerate for 1-2 days, they really absorb flavor of raspberry, wine and butter. Then gently reheat in sauce to serve. The ham darkens in color, remember raspberry glaze will stain white tablecloth.


Gluten-Free Raspberry Wine Glazed Ham

Ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup dry white wine or sherry – I used Fetzer Gewűrtztraminer
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons gf cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam _ I use Trappist, ~$3 for 12 oz jar in my local store -Market Basket.
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Elsbeth, a German lady from my Lithuanian cooking demos, suggested adding 3 crushed Juniper berries (I buy juniper berries from Penzey’s –Nationwide mail order or stores)  and one whole clove to deepen flavor as you make glaze, just remove them as you serve.
 

Roughly three times quantity, so more glaze for soaking slices of spiral cut, rather than glazing whole ham:

  • jar of seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 oz butter, I actually used a 4 oz stick last time.
  • 3/4 c wine
  • ¼ c lemon juice – ~1 lemon, genuine lemon please, not the bottled stuff.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325*.  Place whole boneless spiral ham in deep serving dish, If you are leaving the spiral ham whole.

2. In a small saucepan, blend wine and lemon juice with cornstarch.

3. Add about half the jam.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Stir in the remaining jam and butter. Heat and stir until butter and jam are melted.

4. Brush ham with the raspberry glaze. Bake in 325 * oven until glaze is bubbling and browning without burning- 15-30 minutes. Check internal temperature of ham. It needs to be cooked or reheated to 140*.  Spoon any remaining glaze over ham. With a spiral cut ham left whole, you can ‘persuade’ the glaze to drizzle down between slices.

Remove from oven, let stand 15 minutes before serving.  You can really taste the butter so don’t leave it out. Or just gently reheat the slices in glaze/sauce.
 

Or
 

1. Drain soaked raw ham, cover with fresh water, gradually bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 1-2 hours, timing from when the water boils (which could take almost an hour).  This helps remove more salt (there seems to be more salt in cheaper cuts) and keeps ham moister during cooking, rather than drying out in oven. I normally only give the ham one hour in the oven to finish off with a glaze after simmering. With a fully cooked ham, I still prefer to soak it, change water and simmer for about 45 minutes, then finish with the glaze.

 
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No Bake Easter Sweet Cheese Mold

Also known as Lithuanian Flowerpot cheese (saldus sūris) or Russian Paskha

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

 

This recipe makes 2 x 1 lb cottage cheese or sour cream tubs, washed well, holes poked in bottom for drainage and lined with damp cheesecloth. Or new plastic flower pots. People in my Lithuanian cooking demo said it was like a cheesecake.
 

“This rich and lovely addition to the Easter table is reputed to be of Russian origin, but is described as sweet cheese in books on Lithuanian traditions” - Treasures of Lithuanian Cooking. From(1960’s) Time-Life Foods of the World -Russian Cooking. “The Paskha is meant to be a marvel of cottage cheese, rich cream, eggs, raisins, almonds and candied fruits deposited in a four-sided, perforated wood frame in the shape of a truncated pyramid. The mold is lined with cheesecloth and weighed down so that the surplus liquid in the ingredients can seep out. The mold has more than a purely utilitarian function; it usually has a cross and an XB design carved on its inner sides, so that when the paskha emerges it is already decorated. XB stands for the Cyrillic initials of Christos Voskres, the greeting given at Easter Saturday Midnight Mass (therefore being Easter Sunday) of “Christ is risen” “Truly He is risen.” If the mold doesn’t have this imprint then the letter are spelled out on the outside of the cheese in fruits and nuts and they continue to celebrate for the next three days." (The molds are available to buy on Amazon).
 

The original recipes would have used whisked raw eggs and sugar to enrich the cheese. In today’s salmonella-conscious world we either make an egg custard or purée hard boiled egg yolks. For cheese now we can buy the ‘Friendship’ brand of Farmers cheese or cottage cheese that we drain and then puree. They would have forced the cottage cheese (which would probably have been home made) through a sieve to give the smoother texture. We have the food processor.

 

Gluten-Free No Bake Easter Sweet Cheese Mold

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1lb Friendship brand farmers cheese –Market Basket, sold in 1 lb packages in specialty cheese section for about $4/lb (500g). Not Andrulis brand which is a slicing farmers cheese
  • ¾ c (5+3/4 oz, 160 g)  sugar
  • 4 oz (112g) cream cheese at room temperature, cut into pieces. I buy Market Basket’s own lite.
  • Yolks of 3 large hard boiled eggs
  • Grated zest of ½ lemon
  • Grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 3/4 c (6 fl oz, 180 ml) of heavy or whipping cream
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) gf vanilla extract
  • 1/4c (40g, 1+1/2 oz) golden raisins (sultanas)
  • ¼ c candied orange peel - optional
  • 1/3 c (2 oz, 55g) finely chopped blanched almonds

Directions:

1. Put the farmers cheese, cream cheese, sugar, cream, egg yolks, orange and lemon zest in a food processor and process until the mix is extremely smooth.  Depending on sharpness of food processor blade, you might only get it to tiny dots of cheese not puréed totally smooth. With my new blade mix became very smooth, runnier than instant jello vanilla pudding.  Transfer to mixing bowl.

2. Add vanilla, raisins, almonds and fruit and stir well to combine.

3. Line a clean, unused 4 c flowerpot (plastic is fine) with a double layer of rinsed and squeezed-dry cheesecloth. Or 1 or 2 lb cottage cheese/ricotta/sour cream etc tub, rinsed, holes poked in the base.  Spoon the cheese mix into the lined pot, smooth the surface, fold the ends of the cheesecloth neatly over the top. Place a saucer or plastic lid that fits inside rim of container, on the cheesecloth, then a 2lb weight such as a can on top of the saucer.  Stand the flowerpot upright in a bowl large enough to drain into with enough space under bottom of flower pot so it is not sitting in drained liquid. (I made 2 smaller flower pots)

6. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  

7. Discard any liquid that drained out. Unmold the sweet cheese onto a serving plate and carefully remove the cheesecloth.

Cookbooks say this will keep refrigerated for a week once removed from cheesecloth.
 

 

 
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Date and Walnut Irish Soda Bread

A delicious recipe for gluten-free Irish soda bread featuring dates and walnuts

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I keep playing with the recipe for gluten-free Irish soda bread trying to get a taste even closer to what I grew up with. Both my parents were born in Southern Ireland, so soda bread was almost a daily bread growing up, even in London, England. 

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread with Dates and Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 c (5+3/4 oz, 160g) the brown rice, potato starch, tapioca starch mix (King Arthur, Annalise Roberts, Authentic Foods) OR 1c (4oz, 112g) my gluten-free blend (see recipe below) and 1/2 c (2oz, 56 g) almond flour
  • 1⁄2 c Teff Flour (2+1/2 oz, 70g)
  • 1⁄2 c Millet Flour (2 oz, 60g)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder - I use Rumford’s labeled gluten-free
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp (3ml) xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) butter or substitute
  • 6 Medjool dates, pits removed and cut into small pieces. (about $5.99/lb box in my local market)
  • 1⁄2 c (2 oz, 56 g) chopped walnuts, toasted – Mariani brand has started labeling their nuts gluten-free. I toast all my walnuts at one time and store them.
  • 1+1/4 c (10 fl oz, 300ml) milk (fat free milk or soured almond milk)
  • 1⁄4 c (60 ml) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1+1/2 (8 ml) tsp baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda in UK)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400*.
2. In a wide shallow bowl mix flours, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum and sugar.
3. Rub butter into flour mix until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Or in food processor and then turn into mixing bowl. Stir in chopped dates and walnuts.
4. Whisk baking soda into milk and yogurt in 2 c jug. Many older English recipes have you stir baking soda into liquid ingredients so it dissolves. Otherwise you can taste nasty, metallic flavor in your mouth from too much baking soda or baking soda left in lumps. That metallic taste is why so many people don't like soda bread.
5. Stir milk mix into dry mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until mix resembles quite a sticky dough, not a dry dough. I described it as looking like concrete as you mixed it due to color of flours. Very wet to start. Depending on how carefully you measured ingredients and brands used, the flour mix might suck up liquid and be quite dry, needing more of the milk. Weather conditions, humidity all make a difference to dryness of flours. If you think mix is too wet, wait a moment or two. I find that baking powder and xanthan gum almost immediately thicken dough so it is scoopable. You do want it to be sticky, so it is not dry on baking. This dough is dark colored so it is difficult to see if it needs more liquid. Stir to the very bottom of the mixing bowl. 
6. Scoop dough onto greased skillet that is roughly 10” across top. You can bake in smaller skillet for thicker loaf. Remember gluten free tends to spread so I always cook it in a ‘container’.
7. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Even though bread might look cooked, if you break off a piece and it still tastes a bit grainy and bitter soda, it needs more cooking. When thoroughly cooked there shouldn’t be a soda aftertaste. Cook until bread is well risen, hard on top to the touch and sound hollow if you tap the bottom of the bread. Any white specks showing in bread is yogurt not mixed in and that almost always happens.
8. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Rub with butter if you want. Wrap in clean cloth to soften crust if you want. I love the crunchy, nutty flavor crust so I prefer it crisp.
9. Serve with egg and smoked salmon torte or toast for breakfast with marmalade, or straight from the oven hot with butter melting. Also great with cheese.

My Gluten-Free Mix (Rice Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup potato starch or arrowroot starch for those with nightshades.
  • 1⁄4 c tapioca starch – note there is a difference in tapioca starch from different brands.
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour: Bob’s Red Mill (millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth, is not so nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour: Bob’s Red Mill.

 

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Pecan Cranberry Tart

Courtesy of Crunchmaster 

gluten free pecan tart pie dessertGluten-Free Pecan Cranberry Tart

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup finely ground Crunchmaster® Original Multi-Seed Crackers (Crust)
  • 1 ½ cup roasted* pecan halves, divided (Filling)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (Filling)
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup (Filling)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (Filling)
  • Pinch of salt (Filling)
  • 4 tbsp. sugar (Crust)
  • ¼ tsp. salt (Crust)
  • Refrigerated
  • 3 eggs (Filling)
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar (Filling)
  • 1 tbsp/ butter, melted (Filling)
  • 4 tbsp. butter , melted (Crust)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries chopped (Filling)
  • 1 tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)

Directions:

  1. * Roast pecans 5-10 minutes at 350°F. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Finely grind the Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed Crackers in a food processor. In a large bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Mix until ingredients are well blended. Add melted butter and stir until the crumb mixture is thoroughly moistened.
  3. Press crumb mixture firmly into a 9” deep dish pie pan, distributing mixture evenly throughout the bottom and sides of the pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. In another large bowl, combine sugar, egg, corn syrup, vinegar, butter, vanilla extract, tahini, and salt. Mix until smooth. Gently stir in dried cranberries and roasted pecans. Pour the filling mixture into the prepared crust, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake the tart about 30-35 minutes at 350°F. Filling will become golden.
  5. Cool before serving.
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Cannoli Dip

Perfect to sweeten any party, Friday night football, or the Super Bowl.

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I saw Erin Fehlau, one of the news anchors on NH’s ABC WMUR TV make this over Christmas with her kids. It reminded me that years ago I had been given a handwritten recipe of how to make cannoli shells and the filling.  In my wheat flour days in my classes, we would bake strips of puff pastry with sliced almonds on top, fill them with the cannoli filling, dust with powdered sugar and call them cannoli napoleons. Very popular, easy and expensive looking.

This is the gluten-free recipe I was given.  It’s very similar to Erin’s and others but this has orange zest and orange liqueur or rum added. 

Gluten-Free Cannoli Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb whole milk Ricotta cheese – drained if very wet (Put ricotta cheese in fine sieve, appropriate size plate on top, weigh down with 2lb can of tomatoes and leave to drain into a bowl. You’ll be surprised at how much liquid drains off).
  • ½ lb soft cream cheese or even mascarpone for richer flavor
  • 2 tablespoons rum or orange liqueur or orange juice concentrate thawed for non alcohol version.
  • 1+2/3 c powdered sugar – start with less sugar and you can always add more.
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
  • grated zest of one orange
  • ½ c mini semi sweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

1. Mix ricotta cheese and cream cheese with electric mixer until very smooth. Then add liqueur, sugar, vanilla, orange and chocolate and preferably refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to mix and mellow. Adjust amount of sugar, Grand Marnier etc to personal taste.

2. Serve with Blue Diamond honey and cinnamon nut thins, or any gf versions of waffle cones, sugar ice cream cones, vanilla wafers, cannoli chips, pizzelles, shortbread cookies. Spoon into mini chocolate shells, use as a filling for crèpes, freeze and serve as an ice cream, use to fill a cake, with fresh strawberries and other fruit.

3. You can put ricotta cheese in food processor to make it very smooth, but also thinner.

4. If too thin, sprinkle some instant vanilla jello pudding on top to help thicken.

Sprinkled with more mini chocolate morsels and homemade candied orange peel.

Reminder only serve with gluten-free cookies etc.

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Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney

Courtesy of Boar's Head

This sweet and tangy cranberry chutney perfectly complements the rich flavor of our Sweet Slice Boneless Smoked Ham for an elegant dish worthy of any holiday gathering. 
Gluten-Free Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney 

Ingredients: 

Directions:
  1. Heat the juice in a small saucepan and add the red wine vinegar.
  2. Add the dried cranberries, cover and let steep 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spices, onion sauce, and mustard. The chutney can be cut into smaller portions if desired.
  4. Serve slightly warm along with ham slices, or store in the fridge until ready to use.
 
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White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Courtesy of Crunchmaster 

Gluten-Free White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms
Makes 28 mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Crunchmaster® Multi-Grain White Cheddar Crackers, cruched
  • 1/4 Cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 oz. Soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 28 Large white button mushrooms, stemmed
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a large baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Stir the Crunchmaster® White Cheddar Multi-Grain Crackers, Pecorino Romano, goat cheese, garlic, parsley, sea salt and pepper and olive oil in a large bowl; mix well to combine.
  3. Stuff the filling into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the mushrooms are tender, approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Serve warm.
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Green Bean Casserole

Courtesy of Crunchmaster 

Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup Crunchmaster® Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups 2% milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 2 oz. fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in oil for 20 minutes or until caramelized. Add mushrooms and milk.
  3. Meanwhile, steam green beans in a large pot over medium heat for 4 minutes; transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside.
  4. Transfer green beans into prepared baking dish. Cover with creamy onion mixture and goat cheese. Top with crushed Crunchmaster Crackers and almonds.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm.
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Old World Antipasto

Courtesy of Boar's Head

Simple yet sophisticated, this antipasto platter is easy to prepare and adds an elegant touch to any affair.
 
Gluten-Free Old World Antipasto
Serves 6
 
Ingredients:
  • 10 Grape tomatos
  • 3 slices Red pepper, roasted
  • 3 slices Yellow peppers, roasted
  • 1 cup Olives, assorted Italian
  • 1 jar arrtichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 tsp Capers, drained
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Prosciutto Cotto - Italian Roasted Ham with Seasoning, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Hickory Smoked Pasteurized Process Gruyere Cheese, long thin strips
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Picante Provolone Cheese, halved
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Sopressata Grande (Hot & Sweet), thinly sliced
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Manchego Cheese, sliced in wedges
  • ⅛ lb Boar's Head Serrano Ham, thinly sliced
Directions:
  1. In the center of a serving platter place a medley of grape tomatoes, roasted red and yellow peppers, assorted olives, grilled marinated artichoke hearts, and caper berries.
  2. Place assorted Boar’s Head meats and cheeses around the center medley (alternating for color) in the following order Italian Roasted ham, Gruyere, Prosciutto, Provolone, Sopressata, Manchego, and very thinly sliced Serrano ham.
  3. Serve with olive oil toasted gluten-free baguette or bread slices.
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Chocolate Yule Log

Everything’s better with chocolate!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

When it comes to this chocolatey holiday recipe, don’t worry about amount of ingredients, it’s straightforward to make.

My wheat-eating husband says you wouldn’t know it was gluten-free. At parties all the wheat eaters devour my gluten-free desserts.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Yule Log

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2/3 c (4oz, 112 g) semi sweet chocolate chips (Tollhouse are labeled gf, Enjoy Life are gf and cf.)
  • ½ c (120 ml, 4 oz) water
  • 4 eggs separated into yolks and whites.  Whites put in scrupulously clean, grease free 8 c (2 litre) bowl.
  • 1 c +2 tbsp sugar  (8 oz,  224g) divided in 2
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) xanthan gum
  • ¾ c (4+1/2 oz, 126 g) King Arthur all purpose, gluten free flour (no xg, no baking powder in blend)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) cocoa, regular Hershey’s
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gf baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Filling:

  • ½ c  (4 oz, 120 ml) seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) brandy, rum, raspberry liqueur
  • 1 cup (8fl oz, 240 ml) heavy cream, 2 tbsp (30 ml) powdered sugar
  • small container of fresh, sweet raspberries

Option 1: Topping Chocolate:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (6 oz, 168g) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp brandy, rum, raspberry liqueur

Option 2: Quicker Variation Topping Chocolate (no need to chill first):

  • 1 c (6 oz, 168g) semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ c cream (60 ml)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) liqueur
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) powdered sugar
  • 1 c (8 oz, 224 g) lite sour cream
  • (1 tbsp heavy cream is 50 calories, 1 tbsp lite sour cream is 20 calories.)

white chocolate to garnish for snow.

Directions:

Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray 10 x 15 jelly roll pan, line with parchment paper that comes up the sides of pan. Make a single cut into the four corners so corners overlap.  Melt chocolate and water together in microwave and stir until smooth.  Leave to cool.

2. In scrupulously clean bowl (glass or stainless steel, plastic can still be greasy and egg whites won’t whip in greasy bowl) whisk egg whites until stiff – tips pointing up.  Add half of the sugar (4oz) and whisk until very stiff and marshmallow looking.

3. Using same beaters but in another bowl (4 c) whisk egg yolks with second half of sugar (4oz) until thick, creamy, much lighter in color.

4. Whisk in cooled chocolate mix.

5. Add flour, baking powder, cocoa, salt, xanthan gum and whisk until smooth.

6. Slowly pour this mixture into bowl containing egg whites and gently whisk until smooth. Scrape down to bottom with spatula.

7. Gently pour mix into lined jelly roll pan, don’t worry if it’s uneven, it tends to rise unevenly and cook in 350 oven for 22-25 minutes. Cake should be risen, again unevenly, softly firm and no wet batter in middle if you poke with a fork. If you only have larger pan -12x16, then cook for 15-18 minutes.

8. Leave in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto parchment paper lined cooling rack. Tear off parchment paper liner in strips. Put fresh piece of parchment paper on top and loosely roll up with parchment paper inside. Yes, it will crack but cream filling will hold it together and chocolate topping will hide any cracks. If you don’t feel confident rolling cake, then cut into 2 or 3 strips short or long and fill and frost as layer cake when cold.

9. Leave to cool for about 20 minutes then unroll.  It will probably be cracked.

Filling:

1. I will put parchment paper and opened cake on serving plate now. Warm raspberry jam with liqueur and spread onto cooled cake, right to the edges.

2. Whisk cream with sugar and liqueur until stiff and spread on top of cake, right to the edges. Add fresh raspberries. Then gently roll up with seam underneath. Ease parchment paper out from under cake.

3. Spread with either of chocolate toppings on top and all the way down the sides. Use a fork and draw tines of fork through chocolate to give a bark effect.  Use your rotary cheese grater or box grater to make white chocolate shreds fall on top of chocolate.  Finish with silk holly leaves or other Christmas décor. Chill until ready to eat. I usually cut the cake in half lengthwise then thicker slices.  It is too soft to cut in thin slices.

Chocolate Topping 1

Heat heavy cream in microwave, add chocolate and liqueur, stir, wait a few minutes and stir until totally smooth. I use an immersion blender to make it smooth.  Chill for at least 4 hours, then whisk until it is stiff enough to hold its shape and spread on cake.

Chocolate Topping 2

This is great for when you want a dessert or topping in a hurry, and have the ingredients.

Heat chocolate and cream together and stir until smooth.  Add liqueur. Add sour cream, stir well, add powdered sugar to taste. It should be cool enough to now spread on top of cake.  Or just spoon into martini glasses, ramekins as a quick, indulgent dessert.

Note: choose which liqueurs you fancy and can tolerate, orange, raspberry, coffee, hazelnut, plain rum or brandy. Fruit that matches. Just plain cream and plain chocolate are delicious.

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