Jelly Roll

Pastry Day

Dec 9

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The Turra Coo
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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"You say jam,
I say jelly,
You say preserves,
I say what the hell-y?"

A Jelly Roll (or Swiss Roll) is a sponge cake filled with cream, jam or icing. In the UK, a similarly inspired dessert, Jam Roly-Poly, is made with a flat-rolled suet pudding rather than cake, then filled with jam and served hot with custard.  For added naming whimsy, this dessert is also called Shirt-Sleeve pudding, DeCleats' Arm, Dead Man's Arm or Dead Man's Leg!  Pastry, cake, puddings, it's all good! Recipe Included: Pistachio Roulade with Raspberries and White Chocolate

Jelly Roll

December 9th is Pastry Day!

Pastries are differentiated from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture.   The secrets of a flaky pie crust or a light buttery pastry layer are the subject of endless study and secret recipes.  

The Jelly Roll , also known as a Swiss roll or cream roll is a type of sponge cake roll filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing.

In spite of the name Swiss roll, the cake is believed to have originated elsewhere in Central Europe, likely Austria.  In the United States, the name changed with the fashions.  From 1852 to 1877 such a dessert was called: Jelly Cake (1852), Roll Jelly Cake (1860), Swiss Roll (1872), Jelly Roll (1873), and Rolled Jelly Cake (1876). 

In the UK, Jam Roly-Poly is a similar dessert, but made with a flat-rolled suet pudding rather than cake, filled with jam and served hot with custard.  This dessert is also called Shirt-Sleeve pudding, DeCleats' Arm, Dead Man's Arm or Dead Man's Leg!  The name Shirt-Sleeve Pudding came from the fact that it was often steamed and served in an old shirt-sleeve, which lent itself to the other nicknames of Dead-Man's Arm and Dead Man's Leg.

For a prize winning jelly roll recipe, click the picture below!   And for some myths and science about the perfect pie crust, click the flaky crust!

And for a holiday worthy Swiss roll, Pistachio Roulade with Raspberries and White Chocolate, click below.

Jelly Roll
Jelly Roll

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