Monday, June 17, 2013

A Swiss roll or jelly roll

A Swiss roll or jelly roll (or cream roll when so filled) is a type of sponge cake roll. A thin cake layer is made of flour, eggs, and sugar and baked in a very shallow rectangular baking tray, called a sheet pan. The cake is removed from the pan and spread with jam or butter cream, rolled up, and served in round cross-sectional slices. In India Swiss rolls are called "jam rolls". Tiny village Kanjirapally in the south Indian state of Kerala is the best known place for jam rolls.
Swiss roll is made by rolling a thin sheet of sponge cake spread with jam into a log shape. Usually served in slices, the result is a spiral of cake layered with jam. Variations can include whipped cream fillings, sometimes mixed with chopped fresh or dried fruit; the sponge itself can also be flavoued with ingredients such as chocolate. The French Bûche de Noël, a Swiss roll covered in rich chocolate frosting and made to resemble a tree log, is served at Christmas.

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