Thanks for supporting and following us over the last year – it has been a very busy one in our kitchen and at our desks, finishing off our new book It’s Always About the Food. We will have loads more info coming to you soon about launches and events in March in Sydney and Melbourne. We will be heading to other Australian cities some time after that and then to L.A in June. Watch this space.
We wish all of you the very best for the holiday season, and a wonderful, happy, healthy and above-all totally delicious year in 2017.
One of our all-time-favourite Monday Morning Cooking Club recipes is the Buche de Chocolat (which we conveniently call a Buche de Noel at this time of year!!)
The recipe is in the book, but we’ve reprinted it here so you can make it RIGHT NOW.
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line the base of a 38 x 26 cm swiss roll tin with baking paper. You will need a few dressmaking pins to secure the cake.
Melt the chocolate with the coffee and water in a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the melted chocolate. Fold this mixture into the egg whites and spread it out into the prepared tin.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. When the cake is cool, cover with a tea towel and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
Beat the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla seeds until thick, and set aside.
Remove the cake from the fridge. Sift the cocoa powder over the cake, then cover with a piece of baking paper and turn it over. Remove the tin and the baking paper that was on base of the cake.
Place cream in the middle third of the cake, along its full length, and make a large long log as follows. Lift up the two long sides of the cake and bring them over to meet in the middle, sliding one side under the other to encase the cream. Using dressmaking pins to secure the package, join the paper and fold down, holding the paper tightly around the log to help hold its shape. Put the cake in the fridge until ready to serve.
Lisa is now happily entrenched in the Monday Morning Cooking Club as Chief Pot Stirrer, a delicious change from starting professional life as a solicitor. It has been such a joy for her since 2006 to be with this truly amazing bunch of gorgeous women to produce and publish three extraordinary cookbooks. She is a fresser with enormous (and sometimes unbridled!) passion for food and cooking. She hangs onto the part of Jewish culture which embodies the saying ‘it’s always about the food’. This project has changed her life and pushed her obsession with food to a whole new level.