Chocolate Roule

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>Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 12:09:13 +1100 (EST)
>From: Rick Hann <>
>To: Jeff Arnold <>
>Subject: Re: Probably a daft question
>Yep. Here ’tis.
>5 eggs, separated
>1.25 cups caster sugar
>185g (6oz) dark cooking chocolate
>3 tblspns water
>2 tblspns icing sugar
>1 tblspn cocoa
>300ml (.5 pint) tickened cream (I use about 500ml – I like lots of cream)
>1 tspn vanilla
>1 tblspn caster sugar
>1 punnet strawberries
>extra sifted icing sugar
>whipped cream
>sliced strawberries
>1. Grease a 38c30cm (12x15inch) Swiss roll tin and line base and sides with
>greased greaseproof paper. Set oven temperature tp 180C (350F).
>2. Place egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl, beat until thick and lemon
>coloured. Place the chocolate and water in a small heatproof bowl and stand
>over a saucepan of simmering water, stir until chocolate melts and mixture
>is creamy. (I use the microwave – stuff saucepans of boiling water.) Allow
>to cool slightly , then gently fold into egg yolk mixture.
>3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks just form. Fold
>quickly and lighly into the chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into the
>prepared tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the roulade
>begins to leave the sides of the tin. (I like to cook it slower for longer
>so the center is cooked through – say 170 for 25 minutes.)
>4. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool for ten minutes. Leave
>roulade in the tin and cover with a damp, not wet, tea-towel and leave in a
>cool place for 12 hours. Don’t allow the tea-towl to dry out. Redampen if
>necessary. The damp towel should touch the roulade.
>5. Place a large sheet of greaseproof paper on a work surface, dust with
>sifted icing sugar and cocoa.  Remove the tea-towel and turn the roulade out
>onto the greaseproof paper. Remove the greaseproof paper from the base of
>the roulade.
>6. FILLING – Beat the cream, vanilla essence and sugar until thick. Spread
>over the roulade leaving a 2cm (.75in) border around the edge. Reserve a few
>strawberries for decoration, slice the remaining strawberries and spread
>them over the cream. Lift the greaseproof paper and gently roll up the
>roulade, finishing with the seam of the roulade underneath. It is quite
>normal for this type of cake to crack. If this happens, push the edges of
>the cake together and store cake in the fridge for a few hours before
>7. TO DECORATE – Using a piping bag fitted with a large star tube, pipe
>rosettes of cream on to the top and decorate with sliced strawberries.
>That’s all there is to it – easy.
>See ya real soon.

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