My cupboards have been cleaned out, everything that was two years past it's best before date has been tossed and it's my 100th post today! Who would have thought I'd have a hundred things to say, and a few people willing to read them. I've met some amazing new people, both virtually and in reality, got to chat about food without putting anyone into a coma and I've eaten a lot of chocolate. I'm completely hooked on this now so I'll keep going and try think of another hundred things to mumble on about should you be prepared to listen.
I know the only reason anyone is here is for the sugar (not the saccharine waffle) so here's what the kitchen clearout resulted in. A box of vegetable suet with not much time left for this world finally achieved it's roly-poly destiny. Eaten straight from the oven, encrusted with sugar, filled with mouth-blisteringly hot jam and swimming in custard, jam roly-poly is the ultimate comfort food. Like Valium in pudding form, it's best not to make any plans once it's eaten in case the body refuses to do as it's told. Light the fire, grab a book (preferably something classic and English) and enjoy.
This rib-sticking recipe is from Eat Up by Mark Hix, a book I spoke about back in the early days. I used damson jam as the filling when the jar was unearthed early in the excavations. You can choose your own favourite shop bought or otherwise.
You can find a good custard recipe here.
JAM ROLY POLY
- 100g plain flour
- 100g strong bread flour
- 1 tbls baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 50g light brown sugar
- 115g suet
- zest of half a lemon, grated
- about 150ml water
- 5 tbls jam, warmed
- milk for brushing
- demerera or granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200 C and grease a large baking tray. Sift the flours, baking powder and salt into a bowl, then stir in the sugar, suet and lemon zest. Add enough water to make a soft but not sticky dough.
- Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle about 5mm thick, then spread with the warm jam, leaving a 1cm border. Roll up loosely and join the ends together to seal. Place on the prepared tray, brush with milk, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.