This stunning recipe is worth making a new family tradition for! It has a few stages, making it ideal for an afternoon in the kitchen with the family sharing, laughing and sipping champagne.
The final result is certainly celebration worthy.
Sunflower oil for greasing
6 medium free-range egg whites
330gm golden caster sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
60g ground almonds
1 tbsp espresso coffee powder dissolved in 1 tsp boiling water
Handful flaked almonds
Dark chocolate, melted, to drizzle
For the chocolate spread
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped into chunks
50g salted butter
120ml double cream
½ tsp sea salt flakes
For the cream filling
200ml double cream
40g icing sugar
1 tsp espresso coffee powder, dissolved in 1 tsp boiling water
1. Heat the oven to 200°C. Line a 23cm x 33cm lipped swiss roll tin or baking tray with baking paper, then lightly oil the paper.
2. In a large clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until thick, glossy and holding medium peaks. On a low speed, whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then add the flour, ground almonds and coffee until just combined.
3. Spread the meringue evenly into the tin, scatter over the flaked almonds, then bake for 8 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 160°C and cook for a further 20-25 minutes. Lift the meringue from the tin on its paper and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then invert onto another piece of baking paper to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, make the chocolate spread: melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl). When melted, add the butter and stir gently, then leave to cool for 15 minutes. Add the cream gradually, beating between additions with a balloon whisk, then add the salt. Spread evenly over the cooled meringue, then chill the whole dessert for 15 minutes.
5. For the cream filling, put the cream, icing sugar and coffee in a clean mixing bowl. Whisk with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken. Continue in bursts until you get soft peaks (that fall over).
6. Spread the cream on top of the chocolate spread. Starting with a short edge, carefully roll up the meringue, using the baking paper to help. Wrap the paper tightly around and chill for at least 3 hours. To serve, put on a plate, drizzle with melted chocolate and slice.