Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Aunty Rita's Swiss Roll

Every Irish House has an Aunty Rita and my house was no different. Aunty Rita was a legend. The best baker and knitter in a twenty mile radius. When we moved from Dublin to Louth she would regularly come down for the weekend to visit laden down with Swiss rolls.
 
I thought I would make a Swiss roll in her honour this weekend. Her recipe was old school, chock full of gluten so I couldn't use that exactly but the Swiss roll I turned out with this flour less version is almost as good as hers.


 
 
White chocolate Swiss roll
 
3/4 cup white chocolate
½ tsp vanilla extract
6 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup caster sugar
Icing sugar for dusting

 
Filling
raspberry jam
Whipping cream
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup icing sugar

 
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a Swiss roll (13x9inch) pan.

Melt white chocolate, vanilla and 2 tbsp hot water in a heat proof bowl set over simmering water. When melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Cream egg yolks and sugar together until thick and creamy. Stir in melted chocolate.

Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl to form soft peaks. Fold the whisked eggs into the chocolate/egg yolk mixture.

Pour mixture into the tin and level with the back of a spoon. Don’t forget the corners!

Bake for 15 minutes until just risen and firm. Cover the tin with parchment paper and a damp tea towel and allow the cake to cool like this for a couple of hours.

 Whip the cream adding the icing sugar and vanilla extract.

When cool turning out onto a icing sugar dusted piece of parchment.
Spread with raspberry jam leaving about a 1 inch gap from the narrow ends. Spread the cream mixture on top of the jam.

Use the parchment paper to help roll tightly. Place in the fridge for an hour or so to settle. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

A word to the wise, have patience and let the bake cool for a few hours before filling and rolling. The impatient part of me did not wait and my first attempt went to the birds. It is definitely worth the time for the end result. Delicious!!

 
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