A Christmas Recipe

At this time of year, there’s nothing better than getting cosy with some Christmas treats and judging by our bustling tearoom at the fair, you agree that vintage shopping goes hand-in-hand with tea and cake!

Suzie’s Kitchen has been tempting us all year at Clerkenwell with homemade delights that taste as good as they look and so, as we reach the end of the year, we’d like to share a festive recipe with you to fuel your Christmas shopping.

We always remember baking from our mum’s Be-Ro recipe book as a child. Be-Ro (shortened from its original brand name Bells-Royal), began as a grocery wholesalers in Newcastle in 1880. In the 1920s they began promoting self-raising flour to housewives by selling baked goods using their flour and quickly the women began requesting the recipes. The first Be-Ro recipe book was made in 1923 and handed out for free – and they’re still making them today! It wasn’t just the recipes we loved though, the retro covers feature ‘Miss Be-Ro’, a different woman from the north of England on each edition, always epitomised domestic bliss!

Here’s how to make their scrumptious Yule Log…

Be-Ro Basic Sponge Sandwich Mixture
Icing Sugar
Coco Powder


  1. Heat oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Grease and line a Swiss roll tin with greased paper.
  2. Mix together sandwich mixture and pour into the prepared tin and bake for about 7-8 minutes. Do not over-bake or it will crack when rolled.
  3. While it is cooking, prepare chocolate butter icing. (50g of butter/margarine to every 100g of icing sugar creamed together. Add coco powder.)
  4. Turn out on to sugared greaseproof paper, remove lining paper and trim edges.
  5. Spread quickly with butter icing.
  6. Working from the narrow end, make first roll with the fingers then continue by drawing the baking paper away from the sponge.
  7. Leave to cool, resting on the seam.
  8. Once cooled, coat with chocolate butter icing. Mark with a fork and arrange decoration on top.

What are you baking this Christmas? Share your favourite recipes and cake pictures with us on Twitter @ClerkenwellVint using #CVFFrecipes and we’ll retweet our favourites!

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