How to roll up a Swiss roll

How to roll up a Swiss roll, without it cracking or the filling escaping.

Points to remember

  • Take a large sheet of baking parchment and sprinkle liberally with caster sugar.
  • Carefully flip the warm sponge onto the parchment and peel the baking paper away from the sponge.
  • Score a line along the bottom of the sponge, approximately 2.5cm away from the edge. Don’t cut all the way through.
  • Using the line scored, roll the sponge up tightly and leave to cool completely.
  • When the sponge is cool, unroll it gently.
  • Spread the jam filling evenly over the surface of the sponge leaving an 8-10cm gap at one end.
  • Spoon the cream onto the jam and spread with a palette knife.
  • Pulling the paper tightly towards you, slowly ease the sponge over the filling.
  • Serve with the open edge on the bottom to keep it tightly rolled
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TIPS
ROLLING A SWISS ROLL

Always roll it up straight from the oven while it’s still pliable.

FILLING A SWISS ROLL

Don’t overdo the filling or it will be harder to roll up and get a neat finish.

FINISHING A SWISS ROLL

It can be hard to get a totally smooth finish when rolling, so cover up cracks with butter icing or icing sugar.