Spiced caramel buche de noel with toffee nut bark

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 70g (1/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 100g (2/3 cup) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 250g ctn mascarpone
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 70g (1/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar, extra

Toffee nut bark

  • 215g (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 40g (1/4 cup) finely chopped walnuts

Method

  • Step 1 – Use an electric beater to beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale, and a ribbon trail forms when beater is lifted. Fold in flour, ginger and cinnamon.
  • Step 2 – Spoon into a lined 24.5 x 31cm Swiss roll pan. Smooth surface. Bake at 200°C for 10-12 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean.
  • Step 3 – Quickly turn onto a clean tea towel. Remove paper. Starting at 1 long side, use the tea towel to roll up the hot cake. Cool, seam-side down, on a tray.
  • Step 4 – Beat mascarpone, cream, maple syrup and extra sugar on low speed for 1 minute. Beat on medium-high until it thickens slightly (don’t overbeat).
  • Step 5 – Once the cake is completely cool, unroll it carefully. Use a flat-bladed knife to spread 3/4 cup of mascarpone mixture evenly over the cake.
  • Step 6 – Roll up. Place, seam-side down, on a plate. Cover with remaining mascarpone mixture. Use the end of a knife to make a tree ring pattern on each end.
  • Step 7 – Make the toffee nut bark: Stir the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high, brushing down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve any sugar crystals. Bring to boil. Cook, without stirring, for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat. Stir in the walnut. Pour over a lined baking tray, tilting to spread the toffee as thinly as possible. Set aside for 5 minutes to set.

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