I have many fond memories of Christmas thanks to my loved ones. I always find myself thanking my lucky stars for the wonderful people that surround me.
The Maltese Christmas log symbolises the start of Christmas celebrations as I remember I wasn’t allowed to eat any until my mum decided it was near enough to Christmas. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve broken the rules a few times and have made my own Maltese Christmas Log earlier than I should have. I’m talking beginning of December so I don’t think my mum would be too disappointed in me.
The beauty of the Maltese Christmas Log is that it takes very little time to make. It doesn’t require any baking but you would need to let it set in fridge overnight. You can also get creative with the filling. I omitted on having too much dried fruit and added chestnuts instead. You can either buy the chestnuts fresh and cook them or you can buy them prepared as I did.
It’s deliciously nutty, fruity, with a hint of booze (which is optional). I would choose this over Christmas pudding or mince pies any day.
- 800 grams condensed milk
- 2 packets tea biscuits
- 200 grams mixed nuts. I used chopped hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts
- 200 grams chopped glaced cherries
- 100 grams chopped dates
- 100 grams of cooked chestnuts (you can buy these already prepared)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons liqueur of choice (I prefer bourbon or whiskey)
- ½ bar chocolate grated
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- One packet of cooking milk or dark chocolate to cover the Christmas logs
- Finely crush one packet of biscuits in a food processor.
- With the other packet of biscuits just roughly crush by emptying the biscuits in a plastic bag using a rolling pin to break them apart.
- In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together except for the condensed milk and the packet of cooking chocolate which will be used to cover the logs.
- Now pour over the condensed milk and using your hands mix with all the other ingredients.
- Now divide the mixture into 5 parts and form each into a round cylindrical log shapes.
- Cover in cling film and place into the refrigerator overnight or at least twelve hours.
- Remove from the refrigerator and cover with melted chocolate. Decorate as you wish or leave as is.
- Wait until the chocolate has set and then serve by cutting into slices.