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Alton's Christmas Hazelnut Roulade

 

A wonderful, gluten-free, hazelnut meringue roulade recipe to make in your own home.  Consider it your Christmas present from Alton!

 

Net              Ingredients:

220g                      hazelnuts peeled

250g                      egg whites (about 8 eggs)

450g                      caster sugar

 

1L                         double cream

300g                      white chocolate

100g                      praline paste (can use Nutella)

 

Method:

Toast whole hazelnuts until golden brown.  Once cooled blitz the hazelnuts to a rough powder. (ensure not to over blitz as it will turn to a paste)

Using a whisk, whip the egg whites to soft peak, and slowly add the sugar until a firm meringue. (10min)

Fold in ground hazelnuts and divide onto two trays.

Bake @ 175-degree Celsius fan oven for 17 min.

Once baked, allow to cool, and turn onto paper (face down) on work surface ready for cream.

 

Whip the double cream till firm, divide into two bowls.

Mix the praline and melted white chocolate together, and fold into one batch of the cream. Evenly spread the plain cream on the meringue first, then spread the praline cream over. (to make it more festive sprinkle with griotine cherries or dried cranberries.)

Gently Roll from the long side ensuring the cream is not all pushed to the top.

Freeze/Chill and cut once set.

Alton's Oat and Raisin Cookie

Ingredients:

325g Unsalted Butter

190g Caster Sugar

190g Soft Brown Sugar

3 Medium Eggs

460g Plain Flour

3g Salt

5g Bicarbonate of Soda

3g Ground Cinnamon

130g Oats

260g Raisins

3g Vanilla Essence 

 

How to make!

Beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar in a mixer till light and fluffy and slowly add the eggs one at a time.

Turn the speed to low and add all the dry ingredients and continue to mix until smooth.

Divide the mix into 3 even balls and roll each into a sausage shape about the size of a rolling pin.

Cut the roll into the size of biscuit you desire and shape into a ball, place on a baking tray and flatten slightly.

Bake at 175°C (fan oven) for about 14 minutes or until light brown.

Cool before serving.