Sunday, April 8, 2012

G-Mom-B's Jelly Roll

Hey everyone! G-Mom-B was a great baker, normally she'd make pie or crumb cake using fruit that had passed it's prime, but every once in a while she'd whip up a Jelly Roll. I made sure I had this recipe when I moved out on my own. See that great sticky smear of jam from cutting it folks? Just keepin' it real:@)

Jelly Roll
4 eggs
1 C sugar
3 Tblsp cold water
1 tsp vanilla
1 C A/P flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper. A standard jelly roll pan is 10"x15".
Beat eggs well.
Add sugar and mix until eggs are a lighter color (just a couple minutes).
Add water and vanilla, mix.
Add flour, powder and salt, mix well.
Pour into the lined jelly roll pan.
Ready for the oven

Bake until set, when you touch the top with your finger the cake will bounce back and not be sticky. This is about 13 minutes in my oven, the recipe said 30 minutes...
Out of the oven

Remove from baking sheet and let sit for 5 minutes, then peel the wax paper off the "edges" of the cake.

At this point you have a choice, you can turn the cake upside down onto a slightly damp clean dish towel or Handi Wipe and remove the wax paper or just roll it up in the wax paper. I've been doing it like this for over 20 years. Just make sure the wax paper is pulled straight out off the sides so the heat can escape. You'll be rolling the 10" side.

After it has cooled, carefully unroll and you can trim the edges if you'd like. They get a little darker and firmer than the rest of the cake and make a great baker's snack:@)
Earl says- um hello, baker's assistants like snacks too, just sayin'...

Use any jam, jelly or preserves you'd like (red or purple preferably), strawberry is our favorite. While I've never measured it, I'd say it takes over 1/2 cup. The offset spatula makes spreading jam a breeze.

Roll 'er back up-that's it! Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving if you'd like, we like it au naturale.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and have a happy day:@)

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  1. That looks really good, Lynn, and attractive too. Hope you had a great Easter! I'm sure the food was outstanding at your house - always is, isn't it? Earl whispered he would vouch for that...

  2. Beautiful, Lynn. And I think things like this are really fun to make, too.
    Hope you had a great Easter!

  3. This looks beautiful! I've never made one, I have always been afraid it would break while rolling :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  4. Yum. That looks delicious. A jelly roll is something I have never made, but you make it look so very easy. Happy Easter!

  5. Yum!! You make it look so easy going to have to try!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. Hey that doesn't look too to hard - I may try this. Thanks. Hope you had a nice Easter. sandie

  7. Lynn, I have never made a jellyroll but it it on my culinary bucket list! This just screams "Spring" to me! Delicious!
    Thanks for bringing this sweet treat to ON THE MENU MONDAY~

  8. Beautiful! How do you get it so it doesn't crack?...I have never made one that didn't. Do you think I am baking the cake too long?

  9. Wow! This is beautiful and you didn't even crack the cake part! You're good!
    Happy Easter, Lynnie Pooh!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  10. that jelly roll sure looks perfect and quite easy to do

  11. ha ha ha!! I love that you`re keepin it real! Still looks amazing. I had a slight keepin it real Easter experience this year ;) You`ll have to pop by my blog to check it out :-)

  12. Your jellyroll makes a real statement, "Yummmmmy!" Hope you've enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

  13. I have never made one before. It looks delish!


  14. I think that keepin' it real just made it look even more delicious! I haven't made a jelly roll in years... like twenty! I was afraid of them because the first one was difficult, of course I was a novice cook/baker back then. It's time to try again!

    Blessings, Debbie

  15. Hi Lynn, I love jelly roll! I did not know that the cake should be rolled before putting the jelly inside. Thanks for the tip. I will try it again! Linda

  16. Lynn, your jelly roll would be great with a cup of tea...wish I could share a piece with you!!

  17. Hi Lynn,
    this jam roll is so yummy. We make it here with jam and vanilla buttercreme. I love it. And I agree with Earl, the edges are for the baker, who has to test the rolls texture!
    Best greetings, Johanna

  18. Oh, wow, Lynn! This looks so delicious! I simply must make one of these!

  19. Looks good, L! I am a towel roller myself! Nutella is good inside too!

  20. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today.... (anything food related) and (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

  21. Hi Lynn,
    Come on give Earl a little bite, I know he has been good. This is a great post that will really help me make a better jelly roll! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. Hi
    I think that your Jelly Roll is wonderful
    In my language is "rocambole" and we make with sweet guava or sweet milk, is delicious!
    Congratulations for recipe and blog


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