I do like to make fiddly treats. Something that you can really get your hands into. This roll/slice definitely falls into that category. I think it would have been helpful to have latex gloves on hand, but I made do baking paper and a spatula to shape the chocolate mixture in the log shape. I was very happy with the way this turned out and I think I will include it the little gift basket I put together for Christmas each year.
Chocolate, Hazelnut & Nougat Roll
170 g unsalted butter, at room temperature, chopped
¾ cup caster sugar
1 cup good quality cocoa powder, sifted
200 g hard nougat, chopped into small pieces
100 g savoiardi (sponge finger biscuits), chopped into small pieces
100 g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 ½ cups hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, roughly chopped
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Fold in cocoa, then stir in nougat, savioardi, white chocolate and hazelnuts until well combined.
Place a 30cm-long sheet of foil on a work surface and top with a sheet of baking paper. Spoon chocolate mixture along one long edge, leaving a 2cm border at both ends. Roll up foil to enclose chocolate mixture and form a log, then twist ends to seal.
Chill for 2-3 hours, until firm. Slice and serve