Wednesday, 5th October 2016

GBBO Swiss roll with homemade blackcurrant jam

GBBO Swiss roll with homemade blackcurrant jam

The Swiss roll, a satisfying sponge, rolled up and laced with a sweet jam filling, is a firm family favourite. Fun to make and delicious to eat, it’s a great activity to keep the kids entertained on a rainy October day. This week on Gorenje’s Big Bake Off it is Dessert Week, so we’ve decided to create this ‘duo-dessert’ - part fun activity, part tempting treat. 

The Swiss roll has been known under many names, from ‘jelly cake’ in the 1800’s to ‘jam roly poly’ in more recent times. However, the recipe has stayed much the same. A soft sponge, rolled with a filling and dusted with icing sugar. Here’s how you can create this fun dessert-time classic.


For the roll For the jam
125g golden caster sugar 300g blackcurrants
125g plain flour 300g caster sugar
3 large eggs Juice of small lemon
Icing sugar, for dusting


To make the jam
  1. Wash and destalk the blackcurrants, place in a saucepan and cover with 250ml water. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes, until the skins of the currants are soft and the liquid has almost evaporated. 
  2. Add the lemon juice and sugar, then cook the jam until the mixture reaches 105C on a sugar thermometer. 
  3. Leave to cool for a few minutes then pour into hot, sterilised jars and seal immediately. 

To make the roll 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Grease the base of a 33cm x 23cm Swiss roll tin with your preferred grease of choice! Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to fit in the base of the tin and brush with some more butter or oil. 
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until pale and thick. 
  3. Sift half the flour into the mixture and carefully fold it in. Repeat with the other half of the flour. It’s essential to do this gently to make sure your sponge is light and fluffy. Once the flour is combined, fold in 1tbsp of lukewarm water. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and use a spatula to smooth it out so it is spread evenly. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the middle of the oven, until golden. Meanwhile, take your lovely homemade jam and give it a good mix to loosen it up before spreading. 
  5. Take a clean, damp cloth and lay it on the work surface. Place a piece of greaseproof paper that is larger than the sponge on top of the cloth. Dust the greaseproof paper with the icing sugar. To loosen the sponge, run a knife around the edges they transfer onto the dusted greaseproof paper. Peel the paper off the base of the sponge and trim the edges of the sponge to neaten it up. 
  6. Spoon heaps of jam onto the sponge, leaving a small border around the edge. 
  7. Score a line, across the short edge of the sponge, about 1cm from the edge. While the sponge is still warm, begin to roll, using the scored line to help with the first turn. Use the paper to help roll the sponge tightly. Let it cool before serving.   

This jam roll is perfect served on its own, or why not serve it a la school dinners with lashings of custard. We’d love to see your Gorenje’s Big Bake Off pictures, send us a tweet with your creations or post them on our Facebook page! 
We hope you enjoy this mouth-watering twist on a classic! Do tweet us your pictures or get in touch on our Facebook page if you’ve been inspired to create this tempting treat. 
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