My posts have got a bit out of sync lately and I actually made this a month ago.
Hey ho, the picture I had in my head before making this roll, was very different to the one it actually turned out to be! You’ve heard of Eton Mess, now look as the mess I made. After the last one I attempted, I tried to be more careful, but it turned out to be even more of a disaster than the first one. I was impressed by the Jam Roll Celia made recently, which looked so good and so perfectly formed. When my mother turned up with a bowl of blackcurrants from her garden I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. I had thought maybe the Christmas roulade didn’t roll well because it was too thick, so I made a different recipe and used less ingredients to make a thinner version – that was the plan anyway! The sponge actually rose really well and turned out to be nearly as thick as my first attempt.
- Simmered 250g blackcurrants and 50g natural granulated sugar in 100ml water until soft.
- Mixed 1 tbsp arrowroot in a little water and stirred into the blackcurrants then left to cool.
- Whipped 150ml double cream until peaks formed.
- Folded cream into blackcurrants.
- Meanwhile, melted 100g 70% dark chocolate in a bowl over the cooking blackcurrants.
- Whisked 4 eggs with 100g vanilla sugar until pale and very thick.
- Added 15ml of just boiled water and continued to whisk until incorporated.
- Folded in the chocolate.
- Folded in 75g white spelt flour.
- Poured mixture into a lined Swiss roll tin and baked at 200C for 8 minutes.
- From here on in, things started to go wrong. Decided it might be better to roll up the sponge whilst still warm so turned it out onto a baking sheet sprinkled with caster sugar and rolled up. Left until cool.
- Unrolled the sponge which promptly proceeded to break up.
- Covered the inside with the blackcurrant cream then tried to re-roll. It didn’t like this treatment at all and broke up big time.
- Lifted it onto a plate in order to take a photograph where not only did it break up some more but the filling squidged out from all sides.
- Took a photo of the gory mess anyway.