Maltese Christmas Log

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As Christmas is now just round the corner, kitchens starts to get busier in general. More parties, events and celebrations are held throughout this period of time, thus loads more of food is eaten. Each country has their own different type of festive foods, which tend to be consumed excessively while they are still in season. However, nowadays these trends in food are easily shared between various cultures and new traditions are being created. Personally, when I left Malta, I was really looking forward to experience this period of time away from home, basically for the food. I wanted to try as much as I could, and see what each Christmas Market had to give, since back home we have none. I have had my share of trying things, and now, this being my third consecutive year of frequenting Christmas markets, I can easily say that I have made up my tastes on food, and even though I like to change what I eat and still experiment, I started to accept the tradition and know what I like and maybe dislike.

Nevertheless, this has been quite an adventure for my taste buds and I am really grateful, yet, when I come to think about it, I still prefer the Christmas food back home and it feels not like Christmas if I don’t taste anything that my relatives have made. Unfortunately, last year I missed some of the festivities and ended up skipping some of my all time favourite treats which I get to eat only during this time of year. To be quite frank, I was really sad and felt that Christmas was not the same. That brings us to this year! As I am still living abroad, and I did not want this to happen again, I tried to re-create some of my favourite treats before Christmas so I will not be disappointed. Therefore, I asked my aunt to hand me over her recipes, so that I could give them a go. My aunt does the best Christmas log, so for me it was important to have her recipe as it means a lot to me. Therefore, here I am going to present to you the recipe from my aunt!

 

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The Maltese Christmas Log is a staple in every household during these festivities. If you do not make them yourself, I am sure you will be gifted one by a relative or a close friend, as they tend to be a popular gift to bring when one is invited over, like the Panettone for Italy. The Maltese Christmas log is like a mix between the Buche de Nöel, which is a rolled sponge cake filled with cream and is frosted like a log, and between the chocolate salami, popular in a number of countries. Our Maltese log in principal is a mix of biscuits, nut and candied fruit especially cherries, combined together with condensed milk and shaped into a cylinder. This is then decorated with chocolate to seem like a tree trunk, by dragging a fork through the freshly put chocolate and left to dry. The log is further decorated by icing sugar representing the snow and some other plastic Christmas decorations or marzipan cuttings.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 packets tea biscuits (morning coffee)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 100gr walnuts
  • 100gr hazelnuts
  • ½ cup vermouth
  • 100gr candied cherry (whole)
  • 400gr condensed milk
  • 250gr chocolate (melted)

Method:

  1. In a food processor, finely crush all the 3 packets of biscuits.
  2. Chop all of the nuts; however do not chop the very small.
  3. Place them in a large bowl, and add the cocoa powder, cherries and the condensed milk.
  4. Mix everything and finally add the vermouth.
  5. Combine everything well, if you think that it is still a bit white add a bit of extra cocoa powder, until a nice brownish colour is achieved.
  6. Roll the mixture into 2 cylindrical shapes on a paper dish.
  7. At this stage, you can either leave it as it is or else decorate it with melted chocolate. If you are decorating it with chocolate, do not forget to drag a fork horizontally through the log so that curves similar of a log appear.
  8. Let it rest over night or until the chocolate has set until you cut it.

If stored in a cool dry place an uncut Log can stay up to a week or two, and if cut and stored well it can be consumed over 5 days.

Hope that you enjoy this Christmas Log!  Wishing you great holiday and Merry Christmas!

If stored in a cool dry place an uncut Log can stay up to a week or two, and if cut and stored well it can be consumed over 5 days.

Hope that you enjoy this Christmas Log!  Wishing you great holiday and Merry Christmas!

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