D: Hey Nat, thanks for bringing cake into the office, but I can't sit and chat. I'll just take a piece and head back to my desk.
Nat: Yeh thats cool.
D walks out of the kitchen
30 seconds later D walks back in
D: Oh wow, this cake is great!! Really, How did you do this?!
I love recipes that are simple but look complicated when presented. You get that 'wow' response when they are served up, with everyone asking how you did it. My response for this one was 'its easy, really not difficult at all'. Which is true. Swiss rolls (or jam rolls) are one of those cakes that many people find daunting, but if you follow the instructions there really isn't much to it. So please, give it a try. And once you have mastered the basics there are so many more variations to try. Add some jam, flavour the cream, change the cake... combinations are endless.
Another great week in the blog world, I had trouble narrowing down my five favourite recipes but here they are:
- These Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes from Playing House are not what you expect, I'm very interested to see how they turn out and experiment a little.
- Savory Sweet Life shows us how to make Fortune Cookies, personal messages are a great idea.
- To celebrate national donut day Cook and Eat shares some Chocolate Filled Donuts. I really really love donuts.
- Until I read this post at Smells Like Home I had no idea what a Boston Cream Pie was, but now I can't wait to try it.
- And I'm working up the courage to work with yeast, this Sundried Tomato and Garlic Bread at Monsoon Spice might be a great start.
Chocolate Swiss Roll
Recipe from Everyday Food Autumn 2009 (the Australian Women's Day food magazine)
1/2 cup caster sugar, plus 1/4 cup extra
1/2 cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons hot water
300ml cream, whipped
1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180C. Lightly grease a 26 x 32cm swiss roll pan. Line with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick and pale. Mixture should hold its shape.
3. Sift flour and cocoa together. Fold lightly into egg mixture, followed by water.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until sponge springs back when lightly touched.
5. Line a clean towel with baking paper. Sprinkle with extra sugar. Turn out cake onto sugar and remove baking paper. Trim edges. Roll up from long end side, using the tea towel as a guide.
6. Cool completely on a wire rack. Unroll cake. Cover with half cream. Reroll without tea towel and transfer to a serving plate. Serve sliced with remaining cream and raspberries.