Mary Berry’s Classic Swiss Roll

It was Sunday lunchtime and that means a cake or a dessert in our house to follow the roast.  Once again I turned to my trusty Mary Berry’s Baking Bible to bake another recipe from my Cooking The Books Challenge.  Mary’s Swiss Roll is one of the recipes featured in her Classic Recipes chapter, along with a couple of variations.  As I have only ever made one fairly successful Swiss Roll in my life, I decided I needed a bit more practice.  When my daughter saw I was planning to bake a Swiss Roll she asked if she could do it.  As the one she made in her GCSE Catering Practical got an A* from her teacher I think she is definitely the Swiss Roll expert in our house.

So here’s how my daughter (with a tiny bit of help with one stage from me) made this utterly scrumptious bake!

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Whisking the eggs and sugar together.
The Swiss roll tray all lined and greased.
The Swiss roll tray all lined and greased.
Self raising flour was carefully folded into the whisked egg and sugar mixture.
Self raising flour was carefully folded into the whisked egg and sugar mixture.
Pouring the mixture into the prepared tin.
The mixture was spread about so that it reached all corners of the tin.
The mixture was spread about so that it reached all corners of the tin.

Once the cake had gone into the oven (my oven is a fan assisted electric one, so the temperature was 200oC) my daughter disappeared upstairs to do whatever teenagers do in the depths of their bedrooms.  As the cake was only going to be in the oven for about 10 minutes I didn’t dare leave the kitchen.  It seemed to bake very quickly.  Anyway, as soon as it was out of the oven I called my daughter and told her to come down.  She had got engrossed in something so I said I would take it out of the tin and do the trimming bits.  She could finish off the rest seeing as she wanted to do it in the first place!

Another piece of baking parchment bigger than the swiss roll was put on the worktop.  It was sprinkled liberally with caster sugar.
Another piece of baking parchment bigger than the swiss roll was put on the worktop. It was sprinkled liberally with caster sugar.
Here's the baked Swiss Roll just fresh out of the oven.
Here’s the baked Swiss Roll just fresh out of the oven.
After a little while the Swiss Roll was turned out of its tin and onto the sugared piece of baking parchment.  This would be used to help it be rolled up later!
After a little while the Swiss Roll was turned out of its tin and onto the sugared piece of baking parchment. This would be used to help it be rolled up later!
The Swiss Roll was trimmed to give it neat edges.
The Swiss Roll was trimmed to give it neat edges.
Then a scored line using a sharp knife was used about an inch from one short end of the cake.
Then a scored line using a sharp knife was used about an inch from one short end of the cake.

By this time my daughter had come back downstairs.  I wanted her to get finished with the Swiss Roll as I needed to get started on the rest of the dinner.

This was some homemade jam leftover from last week's Eton Mess which was great to go inside the Swiss Roll.
This was some homemade jam leftover from last week’s Eton Mess which was great to go inside the Swiss Roll.
My daughter spreads the jam onto the top of her Swiss Roll.
My daughter spreads the jam onto the top of her Swiss Roll.
Then, she whipped up some cream to go with the jam for the filling.
Then, she whipped up some cream to go with the jam for the filling.
Starting to spread the cream onto the top of the Swiss Roll!
Starting to spread the cream onto the top of the Swiss Roll!
Slapping it on!
Slapping it on!
My daughter expertly rolls up the Swiss Roll inside the sugared parchment.
My daughter expertly rolls up the Swiss Roll inside the sugared parchment.
Ta-dah! A very impressive, delicious and scrumptious Swiss Roll just asking to be eaten.
Ta-dah! A very impressive, delicious and scrumptious Swiss Roll just asking to be eaten.
We couldn't resist nabbing the end piece before dinner.
We couldn’t resist nabbing the end piece before dinner!!

Well I was totally amazed by this yummy bake and we were rather greedy over it.  Not only did I share the end piece with my daughter before dinner but I had another slice for pudding!  The following night my hubby finished it off.  It was just too scrumptious for words.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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