If there's one day of the year when a little indulgence is practically compulsory, it's Christmas Day. And dessert doesn't get much more decadent than my Chocolate Sponge Roll with Figs. It's based on a classic sponge roll recipe, but I've added finely chopped figs to the sponge mixture, which gives it a wonderful depth of flavour. I've also stirred some fresh berries into the whipped cream filling for a tangy finishing touch.
You can make the chocolate and fig sponge a day or two in advance and keep it in a sealed container in the pantry until you fill it with whipped cream and berries on Christmas morning, or if you're really organised you could even fill it the night before and keep it in the fridge until half an hour before you serve it. The hardest part will be resisting the temptation to eat it for breakfast!
Countdown to Christmas dinner
Each day for the next three days I'll be posting a new recipe from my Christmas Day menu, so check back here each day. To be notified by email when I've posted a new blog, click on the RSS Feed tab on the right of this page. Or if you'd prefer you can like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter to be the first to hear when each new recipe goes live. On the last day I'll post a Menu Planner to help you prep ahead as much as possible and make your Christmas Day a stress-free zone.
The main event:
Spicy Barbecued Beef – read the blog or go straight to the recipe
Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy – read the blog or go straight to the recipe
Bacon, Herb and Hazelnut Stuffing – read the blog or go straight to the recipe
Trio of Vegetables – read the blog or go straight to the recipe
Pawpaw Spinach Salad – read the blog or go straight to the recipe
To finish: Chocolate Sponge Roll with Figs – go straight to the recipe
To finish: Raspberry Ripple Ambrosia