Mary Berry`s Chocolate Roulade

Yum!

Yum!

I`ve made this roulade a couple of times now. And struggle not to eat too much of it.
Thing is it`s made without butter or flour-just eggs,melted dark chocolate, cocoa and sugar in the cake part and er, um, shhhhh, double cream in the filling.

And, apart from the rolling part, it really is an easy make.

Note: Mary Berry melts the chocolate using the saucepan of water and bowl method, me, I just melt the chocolate in the microwave. If you`re melting it in the microwave, mind it could get burnt easily, so check and stir it every thirty seconds or so.

Ingredients:

  • 175g/6oz good-quality dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 6 free-range eggs, separated
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 300ml/10fl oz double cream
  • icing sugar, to dust

Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 33cm x 23cm/13in x 9in Swiss roll tin then line the base and sides of the tin with a large sheet of greaseproof paper, pushing it into the corners.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. (Do not let the base of the bowl touch the water.)

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until stiff but not dry. If you turn the bowl upside down, the whites should be stiff enough not to fall out.

Put the egg yolks in a separate bowl with the sugar and whisk on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until thick and creamy and the mixture leaves a thick ribbon-like trail when the beaters are lifted. Pour in the cooled chocolate and gently fold together until well combined.

Gently stir two large spoonfuls of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen the mix, then fold in the remaining egg whites using a large metal spoon. Sift the cocoa over the top and lightly fold it in. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and gently move the tin around until the mixture is level.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until risen and the top feels firm and slightly crisp. Remove from the oven, leave in the tin (expect the roulade to fall and crack a little) and set aside until cold.

Whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Lay a large piece of greaseproof paper on the work surface and dust it lightly with icing sugar. Turn the roulade out on to the paper so its lining paper is on top, then carefully peel off the paper. Spread the roulade with the whipped cream, leaving a border of about 2cm/¾in all the way around the edges. With one of the shortest edges facing you, make a cut along it with a sharp knife, going about half way through the sponge. This will help to start the rolling up. Now roll this cut edge over tightly to start with and use the paper to help continue the tight rolling, by pulling it away from you as you roll. Don’t worry if the roulade cracks – that is quite normal and all part of its charm.

Finish with the join underneath then lift the roulade onto a serving plate or board using a large wide spatula or two fish slices. Dust with icing sugar.

The word roulade is derived from the French rouler-to roll. And dammit, that`s the one part that I fall down on every time. My roulade doesn`t look a patch on Mary Berry`s. Poor me. Looks like I`m doomed to manger (eat!) and rouler until I get it right!

Bitter Sweet

Lemon Drizzle-well, sorta

Lemon Drizzle-well, sorta

Keep it simple, Stupid! is a favourite mantra of mine. No wonder Mary Berry`s Simple Cakes is such a big hit then at the Chook House.

Having made a pilgrimage in search of some cake delights last week, and failed abysmally in that quest, my tastebuds were still craving something zingy and sweet.

Just a little morsel, with my black coffee, Doc. Swear I won`t overdo it.

Thumbing through “Simple Cakes” I hit the jackpot: Lemon Drizzle Traybake

Cake`s good, but cake`s usually a big fat wedge. Sure, I can cut `em into skinnier slices but the temptation`s waaay too much for me. Traybakes lend themselves easily to smaller portions. Decision made.

I laughed out loud when I read how simple this cake is. It`s basically a gather simple ingredients, mix `em all together and bake cake.  Why, it`s so simple even a man could do it.

  • 225g (8 oz) butter , softened
  • 225g (8 oz) caster sugar
  • 275g (10 oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • finely grated rind of 2 lemons

Drizzle

  • 175g (6 oz) granulated sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons
A traybake or roasting tin 30 x 23 x 4 cm (12 x 9 x 1 ½ inches)

Cuts into about 30 squares
1.Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the base and sides of a traybake tin or roasting tin, 30 x 23 x 4 cm (12 x 9 x 1 ½ inches). Grease the tin and then line with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners of the tin. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3.

2.Measure all the ingredients for the traybake into a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes until well blended. You could do that with a wooden spoon, but why bother if you have an electric mixer? Turn the mixture into the prepared tin.  Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

3.Bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the traybake springs back when pressed lightly with a finger in the centre and is beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin.

4.Allow the traybake to cool in the tin for a few minutes then lift the traybake out of the tin still in the lining paper. Carefully remove the paper and put the traybake onto a wire rack placed over a tray (to catch drips of the topping).

5.To make the crunchy topping, mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the traybake whilst it is still just warm. Cut into about squares when cold.

My Opinion of my Cake:

I overcooked it a little. Of course being a very foolish red hen, I decided I`d have enough time to drop one of the chooks to her tennis match and whip back home to take the cake out of the oven. Well, all I can say is that it wasn`t burnt.

I was not happy about was my drizzle either. This is my second attempt at lemon drizzle cake and honestly, I just can`t seem to get the lemon syrup to melt into the cake. It just all settled in a kind of gloopy mess on top. That`s why I`ve bolded the still just warm part of the recipe. Maybe my cake had cooled too much? But, I`m not too keen on dumping another heap of sugar on top of a cake anyway. So, next time, I`m going to make a runny lemon icing and just drizzle that really lightly on top.

That said, my little mouthful of lemon delight went down very well with my coffee, thank you. Ran three miles after that and it had me zinging around the fields.