This recipe for White Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade is one of those recipes that I have been meaning to make but just never got round to. I am completely bowled over by it. It is sensational. By their very good looks Roulades are a bit of a centre piece dessert so perfect for a special occasion or Xmas.
So, how do you roll a Roulade?
In general there seems to be a mystique to Roulades that I feel is quite unfounded. Much ado about nothing in fact, honestly please believe me Roulade Wannabees. All that is required to make sure that it rolls like a big fat sweet cigar is to flip the baked meringue onto a piece of greaseproof/baking paper and make a heavy indentation all the way across about two inches in from the edge once you have slathered it with your filling, and I mean slathered. What’s the point otherwise……
Following that you simply use the paper to roll the edge upwards as it folds along the indentation automatically. Keep pulling the paper tightly upwards and it just rolls up sweet as a nut. Wallop, rolled Roulade.
Once mastered you can make incredible individual chewy meringues, stunning Pavlovas and obviously Roulades. Meringue requires only a few ingredients in it’s simple form- egg whites, sugar, fruit and cream. This one obviously includes white chocolate and this INCREDIBLE Chocolate Pavlova includes cocoa and dark chocolate but I am always making the simple individual meringue mixture at home for Sunday Lunches etc. I make them for picnics too where I put whipped cream and strawberries in tupperware containers and allow everyone to plunge their own meringues into the soft cream and grab a handful of strawberries on the hoof. It’s the stuff of Enid Blyton and I am often never happier than standing at my car boot handing out large homemade meringues splodged with whipped cream. #shamenoshame. #soundsabitlikedogging
It really is ONLY a matter of whipping them up with sugar. If you’ve got a free standing mixer then you can have another glass of wine or four. They will also keep very well in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks but I have never done more than a couple of days. You can also freeze them in a stout tupperware tin for up to a month. They’re as versatile as Rick Astley.
How to make Meringue.
The making of Meringue is so straightforward it’s simpler than most packet mixes. It’s a three stage process made super, super easy with a free standing mixer. An electric hand held whisk is still easy just a little more hands on in that you are required to hold the bowl with one hand and the whisk with the other. The free standing mixer allows you to just watch!
Firstly you whip the egg whites to a frothy stage, usually about a minute or so. Then you add your sugar to the bowl a dessert spoon at a time. Allowing the sugar to be efficiently incorporated into the whites. keep whipping then for about another three minutes. The result is a very glossy mixture that is super stiff. Put in the corn flour and vinegar and whisk for another thirty seconds. Keep going until it quivers.
For this roulade spread it out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. I use a 33 cm x 23 cm baking tray.
But if making meringues just dollop little free form mountains onto a lined flat baking tray and if making Pavlova then form into a circular island.
Flip the meringue over onto another piece of baking paper dusted with icing sugar. Carefully peel the original baking powder from the meringue and discard. Bake them both at 120 C about an hour for the meringues and an hour and fifteen for the Pavlova.
Melt the chocolate and mix into the whipped cream. Spread the chocolate and cream mixture onto the underside of the meringue which is now uppermost and staring you in the face just begging for some slathering. Tumble on those meringues and roll up as above. Cushty….
I do think some Raspberry Coulis poured over each slice would be a fabulous idea. The tartness of the raspberry would go very well with the richness of the white chocolate cream.
White Chocolate Roulade
This White Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade is spectacular and a perfect dessert for a special occasion or Christmas.
- 5 medium egg whites
- 300 grams caster sugar
- 1 tsp cornflour
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
White Chocolate Cream
- 150 grams white chocolate cooking
- 400 mls double cream
- 200 grams raspberries
Preheat the oven to 160 C/ 320 F/ Gas Mark 3. Separate your egg whites into two separate bowls. Make sure there is no yolk in the whites bowl at all. Whisk the whites for a couple of minutes until frothy. Add the sugar then a spoon at a time. A free standing mixer makes this super easy. Carry on whisking until the mixture is glossy and super stiff. Add the corn flour and vinegar and whisk for another thirty seconds.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Empty out the meringue mixture and smooth out evenly.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown all over.
Meanwhile melt the white chocolate. I melt it on the back of my Aga but you can melt it in the microwave in twenty seconds bursts giving it a stir after each burst or over a saucepan of simmering water.
Whip the cream until it is softly whipped and still a bit slack. Add the melted chocolate and mix again. The cream mixture will now thicken up. Try to be mindful of not over whipping it at this point. Otherwise it will be difficult to spread.
Remove the meringue from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for five minutes. Dust another piece of baking paper a bit larger than the meringue it self with icing sugar and flip a sgently as you can the meringue out onto it. You are then looking at the underside of the meringue with the paper still attached. Carefully peel off the paper.
When fully cool spread the cream mixture onto the meringue covering it well and leaving a 1 cm border all round from the edge.
Tumble on the raspberries evenly and then make an indentation about two inches all along one of the short sides. Make sure you do not go all the way through.
Using the paper start to roll the roulade up from the short side. Pull tightly as you go and finish when the seam is more or less underneath the roulade.
Transport to your serving dish and dust with more icing.
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Break your egg whites into two separate bowls and have your mixing bowl to the side too. After each egg white is separated tip it from that bowl into the mixing bowl so as to keep each egg white uncontaminated if the yolk breaks as you handle it.
The golden rule with meringues is for each egg white you add 50 grams of sugar. I always add a bit extra though once you get past 3 egg whites. When I get to 5 I just add another 50 grams.
I would serve a raspberry coulis with this plus some more fresh raspberries.
Meringues can be stored in an air tight container for up to two weeks and frozen for up to a month.
Try these for other simple but stunning desserts.
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