I’ve always thought a swiss roll would be quite difficult bake but with a few handy hints from Mary Berry, I decided to give the swiss roll a go and was pleasantly pleased with the results. It may not be perfect, but for a first attempt – I’d say it’s not bad!
LEMON SWISS ROLL
3 Medium Eggs
3 oz Golden Caster Sugar
3 oz Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
Filling & Decoration
2 to 3 Spoonfuls of Lemon Curd
Buttercream (Just enough for a thin spread)
Icing Sugar or Golden Caster Sugar (to sprinkle on top)
1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, ensuring the shelves are centre.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and golden caster sugar until light and pale.
3. Gradually fold in the flour. (Fold the flour in carefully so that the air previously whisked in is not knocked out!)
4. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and bake in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes.
5. Leave to cool for a few moments before transferring the sponge onto either a new piece of greaseproof paper or onto a tea towel. This will allow you to roll the sponge much easier. If using greaseproof paper, you may want to sprinkle a little caster sugar or icing sugar onto it before transferring the cake so that the sugar swirls through the middle and on the outside – this is optional.
6. Cut the edges of the cake using a sharp knife to make the sides a little neater, which will give a tighter roll. Spread a thin layer of buttercream onto the sponge. Then spoon the lemon curd on top and spread evenly. Try to leave a border around the edge so that the filling doesn’t leak when you roll the sponge. Since you only need a small amount of filling, I cheated and used a jar of lemon curd from the supermarket and Betty Crocker Buttercream icing. However, if you wish to make your own, I’ll leave recipes at the end for where you can find these.
7. Before beginning to roll, at the sponge end closest to you, a short way up, cut about half way into the sponge using a sharp knife. Roll the cut edge to begin the rolling process. Use the greaseproof paper or tea towel to keep a tight roll by pulling it away from you.
8. Give a final sprinkle with golden caster sugar or icing sugar.
– Charlotte x
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