January 6, 2011

Rum & raisin cream swiss roll

HAPPY 2011! I am sorry that this came rather late but for those who have not pop by my blog, or those who comes in later, I sincerely wish everyone good health and have had a great start for the new year.
I just wrote my resolutions a few days ago, there were like about ten of them. I would say the long-winded me has been repeating these every year. I am proud to say I have achieved something for each resolution I make, probably 30-50% of what I've resolve to do / change in 2010, so I hope I can achieve 100%, or 80% this year. ;) To resolve to do / change / have something is a slow process, so make it small, and detailed in achieveable steps, so you won't feel disappointed at the end.
I wish everyone would have a positive mindset, this rules everything. Easier said than done, but I believe it's possible. :)
I made this swiss roll just before the christmas in 2010. I was expecting a gritty buttercream frosting because that was what I got whenever I made simple buttercream frosting using butter and icing sugar. This recipe by 孟老師的美味蛋糕卷 was amazing because the end result was a smooth buttercream without the gritty, coarse texture of icing sugar at all. I did take quite some time to cream it as the recipe requires you to slowly add in milk/liquid a little at a time, while beating it buttercream mixture with an electric beater. The sponge cake recipe, using the chiffon method was very soft and bouncy and hubby could immediately tell that it was those chiffon cake texture! He is picking up some knowledge on cakes! You are great, hubby Fong! :D

I added some rum into the cream and spread some raisins on it.
Just after rolling......

More swiss roll recipes on the way, stay tuned. Meanwhile, here's the recipe which you mau like to try before the CNY baking. ;)
Simple Rum & Raisin Buttercream Recipe
80g unsalted butter
20g icing sugar
40g milk cooled at room temperature
10g rum
  1. When unsalted butter has softened, add icing sugar and mix with the butter using a spoon or a spatula.
  2. Using an electric beater, beat the mixture (starting from slow speed and progressing to high speed) until soft and fluffy. The colour should be pale white. You may have to scrape the bowl often with a spatula.
  3. Add in milk and rum a little bit at a time, and continue beating with low speed until all the liquid is used up. (You can replace the milk with 50g of whipping cream. According to 孟老師, the flavour would be great).
Swiss Roll Cake Recipe
85g egg yolks (about 4.5)
25g castor sugar
45g canola/any vegetable oil
45g milk
85g cake flour
170g egg whites (about 4.5)
85g castor sugar
  1. Beat egg yolks and 25g of sugar with an egg whisk until sugar has melted and mixture is even.
  2. Add in oil and mix well, followed by milk and mix everything well with the egg mixture.
  3. Add in the flour (sifted) all at once into the mixture and mix well with the egg whisk to form an egg yolk batter. Set aside.
  4. Make meringue. Place egg whites into a clean bowl and beat until foamy. Add 85g of the castor sugar in three or four additions, and beat until egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks form.
  5. Add egg whites (meringue) into the egg yolk batter in three additions, folding after each addition gentle with a spatula, until they are well incopororated.
  6. Pour batter into prepared swiss roll pan, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for about 12 minutes.
  7. When done, unmould the cake and let it cool on a wire rack.
  8. When cooled, spread buttercream on the cake and roll it gently to form a swiss roll. Chill it in the fridge for about half an hour before serving.

Recipe adapted from: 孟老師的美味蛋糕卷


Jean said...

i saw the book and hesitated getting it. Seeing how nicely ur swiss roll turned out to be, u've got me tempted! btw, how big is ur swiss roll pan? sorry if i miss it...

daphne said...

it's a good idea to add rum to the cream too. Increases the flavour hey ;) It looks so light and fluffy. Darn lectose issues, I wish i could have a slice of this.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wawww that looks gorgeoussss! i've never tried baking my own swiss roll before!

busygran said...

The swiss roll looks so soft and fluffy.

Esther said...

The texture looks so soft and spongy. I'm so happy that you were able to achieve the texture of the buttercream you wanted. :) When I was a child, my mom would buy chocolate swiss rolls from the bakery and i would eat a humongous piece. I ate it so fast that I felt like I was choking lol! It was that yummy.

NEL, the batter baker said...

looks delish! You did a great job with the rolling. So nice and neat.

Passionate About Baking said...

Your swiss roll really look airy and cottony soft! Yummy...

Aimei said...

Hi Jean, I have two swiss roll pans. 34cm by 24cm (i measure the internal) and another about 26cm by 26cm). Generally the recipes in her book is for 36cm by 26cm and for all my swiss roll recipes i have no problem with my pan, just that the thickness varies. :)

Jean said...

thanks aimei! u did not adjust the baking time ya? sorry for asking so much =P

Aimei said...

Hi Jean! Nope I don't. Unless i'm using other recipes. But will have to keep a lookout in case sometimes get burnt, then will tent the top with aluminium foil.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Aimei, your swiss roll looks very good, rum & raisins is always my favourite :)

Vera Peter @ Princess Becky said...

Hi Aimei, first time visiting ur blog and all ur cakes r delicious!!! lol, me oso like baking just started last year May but at the moment baking in steaming style. Do u have any recipes for steamed cakes? Love the swiss roll :)

Honey boy said...

oohh.. this roll cake looks so good! I really feel like have a bite!!