Chocolate apricot roulade

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
5 larges Eggs; separated, at room temperature
¾ cup Sugar
⅓ cup All-purpose flour
¼ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ cup Apricot preserves
1 cup Heavy cream; chilled
3 tablespoons Confectioner's sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a jelly-roll pan with waxed paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Butter and flour it, then shake out the excess.

In a medium-large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar. In a small bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Gradually stir them into the egg yolk mixture. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Stir a spoonful of whites into the batter, then quickly fold in the remaining whites. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it out into the corners. Bake it in the preheated oven until the top is golden, about

15 minutes.

When you take the sponge cake out, loosen the edges. Let it cool 5 minutes, then spread a tea towel over the cake, invert and remove the pan, and peel off the paper. While the cake is still warm, turn it so a long edge is before you, and roll up the cake in the towel, keeping the long edges uncurled. This may be done a day ahead. Keep the cake covered to stay moist, and let it cool completely.

A few hours before serving (not at the last minute), unroll the cake, trim the long edges with a serrated knife, and spread the apricot preserves over the sponge. Whip the cream until firm peaks form, sweeten it to taste with confectioner's sugar, and spread the cream over the preserves not quite to the edges. Roll up the cake again and set it seam side down on a serving plate. With a serrated knife trim the two ends. Chill well.

To serve the roulade, dust the top with confectioner's sugar and slice it across into spiral rounds.

NOTES : This roulade is simple, quick, and pretty, appropriate for all ages, and can be dressed up or down as you wish. It's also delicious with raspberry jam and fresh raspberry garnish.

Recipe by: A Feast Of Fruits

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #1048 by "Marie Smith" <craftee@...> on Jan 27, 1998

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