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Gateau Rolla

This impressive almond meringue and decadent chocolate Christmas dessert recipe comes from one of our lovely McCarthy Stone Retirement Living PLUS homeowners. It’s a unique take on a Christmas cake recipe.

McCarthy Stone Christmas recipe gateau rolla
Posted 25 November 2022
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Prep: Around an hour Cook: Around an hour


  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sieved flour
  • 11 oz caster sugar
  • 6 oz butter
  • 2 oz ground almonds
  • 4 oz sweet chocolate
  • Extra grated chocolate


  1. Whip egg whites until stiff
  2. Gradually fold in 8 oz of caster sugar
  3. Fold in the ground almonds
  4. Cut out 4 rounds of greaseproof paper each 8 inches in diameter and oil lightly
  5. Spread each round with mixture and bake very slowly at 120 degrees C (250 F gas mark 4) until lightly coffee coloured
  6. When the top is set turn over and remove the paper and continue to dry the meringue in the oven

To make the filling

  1. Place the egg yolks in a double saucepan over hot but not boiling water
  2. Beat in the remaining 3oz sugar until thick and creamy
  3. Add cocoa, softened butter and chocolate and continue to beat until smooth
  4. When the filling is cool, construct the cake by spreading it evenly over each meringue and stacking
  5. The top layer is also spread with filling and then topped with grated chocolate
  6. Leave to set for 24 hours and enjoy the next day!
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