Lemon and Strawberry Roulade

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This lemon and strawberry roulade recipe is featured in Season 4, Episode 7.

Yield: Serves 8-10

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Ingredients

  • For the roulade
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 120g (4¼oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (3½oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 20g (¾oz) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • For the filling
  • 190g (6½oz) caster sugar
  • 4 unwaxed lemons, finely grated zest and juice
  • 130g (4⅔oz) unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 large free-range eggs and 1 large free-range yolk, beaten
  • For the cream
  • 600ml (20fl oz) double cream
  • 30g (1oz) icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • To serve
  • 150g/5½oz strawberries, 3 reserved for decoration, rest sliced
  • 50g (1¾oz) white chocolate, chilled and grated
  • 50g (1¾oz) shelled pistachios, pulsed in a food processor to fine crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease and line a 12x9½in Swiss roll tin with baking paper.
  2. For the roulade, place a large heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat for 3–4 minutes, or until doubled in size. Take off the heat and continue to beat for another 4–5 minutes on a medium to high speed.
  3. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the flour in three batches making sure it is all incorporated. Fold in the melted butter in the same way.
  4. Gently pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly using a spatula. Bake for 10 minutes or until just firm and lightly golden-brown.
  5. Dust a large baking sheet with icing sugar and carefully turn the roulade out. Carefully peel away the baking paper used to line the tin. Starting at a short end, fold the edge of the paper over the cake. Roll the cake up into the paper. Allow the roulade to cool completely while rolled.
  6. For the filling, first make a curd. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and butter over a medium heat. Stir as the butter melts and when combined stir in the cornflour. Keep stirring, using a hand whisk, for another 2–3 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the beaten eggs. Return to a low heat and keep stirring until the curd is thickened and leaves a trail on the surface when the whisk is removed (about 15–20 minutes). Leave to cool and set.
  7. For the cream, beat the cream and icing sugar together until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Transfer to the fridge to chill.
  8. Once the roulade is cool, unroll it and spread with a generous layer of whipped cream (keep any remaining cream for the decoration). Top with a layer of curd and sliced strawberries. Tightly re-roll the roulade and place on a serving plate.
  9. Spread the remaining cream over the roulade and score with a fork. Scatter with grated white chocolate and pistachio crumbs and top with the strawberries.

Tips/Techniques

This recipe makes twice as much lemon curd as you need, but you can store the rest in a sterilized jar in the fridge for up to a week. Note: This recipe contains U.K. measurements and may require conversions to U.S. measurements. It has also not been professionally tested.
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