This timeless dessert makes a tasty afternoon treat...

Nigel Brown Swiss Roll recipe

Ingredients


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C

2. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to fit the base of a Swiss roll tin approx 30x25cm. Grease the bottom of the tin, then put in the paper and grease that too, dust with caster sugar and a little flour.

3. Beat the eggs and caster sugar in a large bowl with an electric whisk for about ten minutes. The mixture will almost triple in volume and become paler in colour, it will be thick enough so that when you lift the whisk out of the mixture it will leave a visible trail on the surface. Sift in the flour in three parts, very gently folding it in until the flour is blended in completely, it is important to go slowly and not to be too vigourous or you will lose some of the air in the sponge. Fold in a tablespoon of water.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth it out evenly to the edges. Bake in the middle of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden and just firm to the touch. Put the jam in a bowl and stir it so it is spreadable; heat it up a little if necessary.

5. Lay out a clean damp cloth or a couple of sheets of damp kitchen paper on your work surface - this is to stop the paper slipping when you roll the cake. Place a large piece of greaseproof paper that's at least 5cm bigger than the Swiss roll on top of the cloth. Dust it with caster sugar.

6. Loosen the sponge with a knife and then turn it out quickly onto the dusted paper (topside down). You may need to support the sponge with your hand as your turn it out. Peel the paper off the sponge. Trim the edges so you have a tidy rectangle.

7. Using a spoon, spread the jam evenly onto the sponge, leaving about 2cm clear around the edges as the jam will spread when rolling.

8. Now you're ready to roll!

9. Dust with a little caster sugar or icing sugar, slice and serve.