June 16, 2011
Jammy Sponge Roll
A lovely old fashioned favourite today Dear Readers, Jammy Sponge Roll.
One of the most basic cakes and one every chef should have in her bag of tricks. What lovely basic ingredients too- flour, eggs and sugar. Can't get much simpler than that!
Here in Australia, we have the Country Women's Association, AKA the CWA. The cuddly grandma baking mafia of Rural Australia. These lovely ladies rule the regional shows/fairs with rods of iron, laying down very strict guidelines for all the baking categories and taking out every prize on offer. They also fundraise non-stop for their local communities with cake stalls and such, and no one can get a better basic cake than from them. The fluffiest lamingtons, the airiest sponges, and the scones.....
My Mum was the President of her local CWA, and she is not a confident baker at all, I'm sure that there must be some kind of initiation involving secret handshakes and the passing on of age-old recipes or fairy dust, because she even managed to impress Lady Flo with her rendition of the famous Queensland Pumpkin Scones.
I'm sure that my little Jam Roll would never pass muster in any country hall or fund-raiser or win any show prizes, but luckily for me my family is not that fussy! And when it comes to gluten and dairy InTolerances I hope that even the CWA can makes some concessions.
Fluffy Sponge Roll
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup cornflour
1 tsp gfree baking powder
pinch of salt
First of all, pre heat your oven to 180* and line a 26x32cm swiss roll tray with baking paper.
Whisk the eggs and sugar until they're really nice and fluffy and leave a 'ribbon'- or when the mix dribbles off the whisk and leaves a high trail that takes a second or so to soak back down.
Sift the combined cornflour, baking powder and salt over the eggs, and gently fold them through.
Tip this mix into the baking tray and spread it gently and evenly.
Bake for about 20 mins and it's nice and golden and risen beautifully.
Now it's time to get a wriggle on, we want to do the next few steps before the cake cools down to much or it will develop unpleasant looking cracks in the top- a bit like an older lady who's really spackled on her foundation and powder, then smiled.
Take it from the oven, sprinkle the top with castor sugar and lay a clean tea towel over the top of the cake. Place your cooling rack against it and flip the whole thing upside down.
Peel the baking paper from the cake, exposing it's vunerable pale underbelly.
Roll your cakey up again and let it settle a bit. We want the jam to glue it all together and soak in a wee bit.
If you're not dairy InTolerant, you could even top the jam with some whipped cream, but alas, not for me, but the jam is still delicious.
Sprinkle the whole cake liberally with icing sugar (Maybe this is where the secret fairy-dust is added?)
Cut into nice thick slices and sink your teeth through the fluffy sponginess that gives this cake it's name.... yummmm......
So my Dear Readers, hve you ever bought a cake from the CWA or a local cake stall, and was it as good as you hoped it would be?