The other night when I was making the Almond Paste for the Christmas cake, I had two egg yolks which I wanted to use. I decided that the best way to use them was to make a custard cream. However, I still wanted to make a lovely Espresso Coconut Roulade I saw a few days ago at Heni’s blog but unfortunately there were no eggs in that recipe. I had already bought the biscuits and coconut and was still determined to make the roulade with a few tweaks on my part. Heni’s roulade is much prettier but still it tasted great.
I had a small difficulty when I had to roll it as the custard cream was too much and began coming out of the side. I quickly reacted and got a loaf tin where I placed it in and left it overnight to set.
The following day I turned it over in a platter and it looked perfect. I made a quick ganache and sprinkled the coconut on top. The flowers on top are edible and came all the way from Cyprus. These were intended for my Christmas Cake decoration but I still have a lot left for the Christmas Cake.
Do you like the tablecloth in the picture? I embroided it and also made the lace 25 years ago when I was pregnant my second son and was confined to bed all day, as I had some problems with the pregnancy. I didn’t like it and never used it before but today when I was taking out my other Christmas tablecloths I saw it and I realized that it would be perfect for Christmas.
I have just finished the Christmas Cake which I decorated with more edible decorations.
Start with the pastry cream as it will need some time to cool.
Heat the milk in a small saucepan.
In another saucepan add the yolks, cornstarch and sugar and whisk. If you cannot mix it, add a tablespoon of cold milk and mix it. Add the hot milk whisking continuously until the cream sets. Add the vanilla essence, mix and set aside to cool.
In a food processor add the wafers, a few at a time and powder. Empty them in a big bowl.
Do the same with the almonds but do not powder completely. Add to the bowl. Add the coconut and set aside.
Prepare the Buttercream. Add the butter, sugar and vanilla in the mixer bowl and whisk until white and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the butter a few times, if necessary. When the custard cream has cooled start adding it to the butter cream until it is incorporated. Mix in the coconut and set aside.
In the same saucepan where the custard was, add one egg, 30 grams (1.05 oz) butter and the half-half cream and whisk on low heat. As soon as the butter has melted remove from the heat and start mixing in the wafers with all the other ingredients to make a thick paste. Finally add the espresso liqueur and mix.
Cut two pieces of cling film about 40 cm each and join together. Spread the crust which should be about 1 cm thick and on top add the cream. Lift the edge of the cling film and roll into a roulade, leaving the cling film outside of course. Place in a loaf pan and refrigerate until the cream has set.
In a double boiler add the couverture, butter and cream simultaneously and on low heat mix until the chocolate melts.
Spread over the roulade and sprinkle some coconut on top. Decorate with edible candy or spoon sweets (fruit preserves).