Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries.
Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries

Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries. Wow, friends and family with this impressive looking chocolate dessert – made with sloe gin and blackberries.

How yummy!?

How To Make An Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries:

Serves 8

Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooling: 3-4 hours


200g (7oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces

5 large eggs, separated

175g (6oz) caster sugar, plus a little extra

50g (2oz) ground hazelnuts

2 tablespoons hot water

225g (8oz) blackberries

3 tablespoons sloe gin, cherry brandy or kirsch

400ml (14fl oz) double cream

2 tablespoons icing sugar

Chocolate holly leaves and extra blackberries to decorate

Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries

Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries Method:

1.) Firstly, preheat the oven to 180oC (350oF), Gas Mark 4.

2.) Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking paper a little larger than a 34 x 23 cm (131/2 x 91/2 inch) Swiss roll tin or roasting tin with the same base measurement.

3.) Snip diagonally into the corners of the paper then press into the tin so that the base is lined and the paper stands a little above the sides of the tin.

4.) Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very gently simmering water.

5.) Using an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until peaking.

6.) Using the still dirty whisk, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a second bowl for 4-5 minutes until thick and pale and the mixture will leave a trail.

7.) Fold the melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture then the hazelnuts and water.

8.) Fold a little of the egg white into the mixture to loosen it then gently fold in the rest.

9.) Spoon into the tin and lightly ease into an even layer.

10.) Bake for 15 minutes until well risen and the top is slightly crusty.

Leave To Cool:

11.) Leave to cool covered with a clean tea-cloth.

12.) Add the blackberries and liqueur to a bowl, cover and leave roulade and berries to stand for 3-4 hours, or longer if that suits you better.

13.) About 2-3 hours before serving, whip the cream until it forms soft swirls then fold in the icing sugar and the liqueur from the soaked blackberries.

14.) Wet a clean tea-cloth under a hot tap, wring out and put on the work surface so that the shorter edges face you.

15.) Top this with a clean sheet of non-stick baking paper and sprinklewith a little extra sugar.

16.) Turn the roulade out on to the sugared paper and remove the lining paper.

17.) Spread the cream over the roulade, sprinkle with the soaked blackberries then roll up the roulade starting from the short edge nearest you and using the paper and damp teacloth to help.

18.) The roulade will crack, but don’t worry, just continue rolling and pressing into a good shape until you reach the other end.

10.) Wrap the paper and cloth around the roulade for a few minutes to set the shape. (If you would like to serve this for Christmas day, wrap the roulade in paper and foil and keep in the fridge overnight).

Remove the paper and cloth and transfer the roulade to a serving plate.

Decorate with chocolate holly leaves (see tip below) and extra blackberries.

Chocolate Holly Leaves:

Snip about 20 holly leaves from a small branch, leaving just a little of the stem on.

Wash and dry the leaves then brush the shiny top of each leaf with a little-melted chocolate leaving a little of the leaf and stem uncovered.

Put leaves on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper, chocolate side uppermost and chill in the fridge until the chocolate has set.

Cover with a second thin layer of melted chocolate (you’ll only need about 75g (3oz) of chocolate in all) and chill again.

When ready to use, hold the stem end of the leaf and very gently begin to peel and curl the leaf away from the chocolate.

Arrange on the top of the roulade.

Cook’s Tip:

Larger supermarkets sell packs of ready ground hazelnuts alongside the ground almonds.

If your local store doesn’t stock them, buy whole hazelnuts and grind them at home in the liquidiser or food processor.

Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries:

So what do you think? Do you fancy making one? Because I could eat some right now!!

About this post- Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

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Chocolate Roulade With Boozy Blackberries
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  1. Winnie
    25 November 2013 / 20:09

    OMG I need a slice (make it 2 slices) of this roulade NOWIt looks soooooooooooooooo GOOD

  2. Judy Haughton-James
    15 November 2013 / 18:17

    This looks so-o-o good! Lovely presentation Claire!

  3. poppilinnstudios
    14 November 2013 / 21:27

    That looks soooo delicious! The words "boozy blackberries" caught my eye 🙂 I'm going to make this for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for the recipe.-Lynn

  4. Nell Heshram
    14 November 2013 / 21:08

    Woah! This is delightful – so many gorgeous recipes around at the moment. Sadly, though, the slow gin only lasts 5 mins in our house! I'll have to buy a replacement bottle….

  5. Elegance and Mommyhood
    14 November 2013 / 12:42

    OMG that sounds amazing and it looks even more so. I am not much of a baker though. I'd love to have a bite or 10 of this, though. =)I gave you a shot-out on yesterday's post. Check it out!