Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nutella Sandwich

Without even mastering the basics of baking, I was ambitious to attempt a swiss roll. Happy Home Baking's blog got me very interested. Being a little too ambitious, my swiss roll failed but I managed to do a 'sandwich' instead.

3 eggs, bring to room temperature
65g sugar
80g cake flour (sifted)
20g unsalted butter, melted (I use margarine)
2~3 drops vanilla extract
Part I
Line a 9" x 12" (23 x 30cm) Swiss roll tray with parchment paper, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 180 degC. (I did not have this size so I used a much smaller tray but of a higher depth so my swiss roll became too thick!)
Whisk eggs and sugar on HIGH speed for about 7 mins, until the batter double in volume with electric mixer (it can get quite noisy). You'll see the transformation.
Turn to LOW speed and whisk for another 1 to 2 mins. According to HHB, whisking at low speed helps to stabilise the air bubbles in the batter.
Add sifted cake flour into the batter in 3 separate addition. With each addition, use a spatula, gently fold in the flour until well blended.

Add the melted butter and vanilla extract, fold with spatula until well blended.
Pour the batter into the tray.
Spread and smooth out the batter evenly. Bake for 10~15 mins*, until the surface turns golden browned or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Part II (the correct method)
Remove tray from oven. Remove sponge layer from tray (with parchment paper still intact), place it in a plastic bag (to retain moisture). Tie the plastic bag and leave it to cool. (I totally omitted this step so my cake cracked!)
Upon cooling, remove the parchment paper, and turn the sponge layer with the 'skin' side down on a sheet of clean parchment paper.
Spread with nutella (you can try whipped crseam and cut strawberries) and roll up the sponge layer by lifting it up with the parchment paper. Place the rolled cake seam side down.
Cut and serve.
Mine cracked so I simply halved the cake and sandwich them together :P


Christina said...

Interesting. Many rolled cake recipes I see call for turning the cake out onto a dusted kitchen towel and rolling it up, then cooling it. My cakes sometimes crack when I do that, and I can see how placing it in a plastic bag would help that.

Missy said...

Yes mine cracked awfully so i sandwiched them instead. HHB one's much much better!