I first made this post almost a year ago and the article was found at The Times of Malta Christmas supplement. It’s been removed since so I’m reposting the method here (below the pictures).

Β Photos (and samples) were taken by Raphael Borg Ellul Vincenti.You will need:

  • One bar of cooking chocolate about 150g

  • One tin of condensed milk about 400g

  • Two packets of nuts of about 150g each; we used roasted almonds and pecans

  • A dash of whisky

  • Two packets of biscuits; we used one packet of plain digestive biscuits and one packet of Marie biscuits

  • Butter cream icing or another bar of cooking chocolate

Grate the chocolate bar. Crush the biscuits and nuts. Alternatively, give them to a friend who needs some stress relief and step back.

In a very large bowl mix the grated chocolate, nuts, biscuits and condensed milk.

Wash your hands well and roll your sleeves up, this is the fun part. Using your hands, blend the ingredients together adding the whisky slowly until you make a tough paste that can be formed into shapes. Do not add too much whisky at one go so as not to make the mixture too wet.

When that is done, place the ‘dough’ on to a baking sheet and use the sheet to help you get a more uniform log shape. You can do this by rolling the sheet up around the dough and pressing as necessary along the sheet until you are satisfied with the shape.

At this point most recipes will call for a 12 hour stint in the fridge. The modern cook (i.e. me) decided that this was far too long a wait and so settled for a compromise – 1 hour in the freezer.

When that is done it is time to decorate your log with Yuletide cheer. Cover the log according to taste; either with icing, or you may prefer chocolate which was been melted bain-marie style. Bain-marie is a process in which a small container or pan is filled with the substance that needs heating. This is in turn placed in a larger pan which is filled with water and the whole apparatus is heated gently so as to avoid burning. Once you have covered your log with the melted chocolate, dip a fork in water and run it lightly through the chocolate before this starts to cool down and harden. This will create that bark-like effect.


  1. Posted December 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to try this out on Sunday, hopefully. It looks so damn yummy.

    • Posted December 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      I’ve already made a second batch of smaller logs! If you don’t want it all to vanish too quickly, it might be an idea.. πŸ˜‰

  2. kevincarbonaro
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Both me and my wife couldn’t stop laughing at the modern cook part… quite a logical way of thinking! LOL πŸ˜€

    • Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      πŸ˜€ glad to provide entertainment (and let’s face it, practical advice;))

  3. Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Just prepared the naked Christmas logs. We timed it so that we can leave them in the fridge overnight and tomorrow in the evening we decorate them with some tasty chocolate. After mixing the ingredients I found it much easier to lick my fingers clean than just put them under the tap immediately. I am not sure if I used too much whisky in the logs or drank half of the bottle myself πŸ™‚

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      Waste not, want not πŸ™‚ The dissolution of ingredients in saliva is so much faster than in H20 anyway.
      I guess you can already tell whether they taste fantastic or not!

  4. Posted December 10, 2015 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    I used some rum in place of whisky because that’s all I had and it tastes quite nice…..like rum ball mixture, mmm !!

    • Posted December 16, 2015 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Sounds good mmmmm πŸ™‚

      • Posted December 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

        Since my last post, I took the Christmas Log to our early family gathering and I had nothing but rave reviews……if anything, I would probably have added a little more rum to get a moister log, but because I was making it for the first time, held back because I was afraid it might be too wet.

        • Posted December 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

          wow!! sounds great πŸ™‚ I’m glad everyone was pleased with your log. Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

          • Posted December 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

            Yes, that’s exactly the same with me…..too afraid to add too much liquid in case it was too wet, but probably did need that extra bit of moisture. Taste was fabulous though, no complaints there.!

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