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lemon meringue roulade

Easy Lemon Meringue Roulade

This incredible Lemon Meringue Roulade is a crowd pleaser and show stopper all rolled into one! It is simple to make and once mastered they will become a perfectly easy and simple dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 371 kcal


  • 5 large egg whites
  • 300 grams caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 100 grams lemon curd
  • 400 mls double cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 140 C/275 F/Gas Mark 1

  2. firstly separate those egg whites from the yolks.

  3. empty the whites into a large, very clean and grease free, mixing bowl and whisk until frothy and slightly stiff. I use my free standing mixer but you can use an electric hand held whisk and a mixing bowl. However unless you are an extreme sports athlete, I don't advise you attempt it by hand.

  4. to those frothy egg whites add a tbsp of sugar at a time. I know it's damn tedious but apparently it helps the sugar dissolve adequately. I'm too scared not to do it too.

  5. the meringue will go all glossy and most importantly super stiff. Add the corn flour and whisk again. About 5-8 minutes. Don't settle until it is rock solid.

  6. line a 33 cm x 23 cm baking tin with baking paper. I don't bother with the oil in the video just line the tin with the paper alone.

  7. empty out the meringue evenly in the tin with a spatula and smooth carefully level. Be careful to ensure the meringue reaches the edges evenly.

  8. bake for about 25 minutes until slightly golden brown and crusty as heck.

  9. whip your double cream until it is fluffy but not too stiff and grainy. If it does go too far then add some liquid cream to it and mix gently with a spoon.

  10. add the lemon curd to it and mix it through. Taste for tartness and add more if needed.

  11. allow the roulade to cool partially before carefully inverting/flipping onto a large piece of baking paper. This piece must be larger than the tin. This means the top will now be on the bottom against the new baking paper work surface and the original baking paper will be now be uppermost. Be brave but gentle.

  12. dollop the lemon cream across the roulade in little lemony cream piles.

  13. spread the lemon cream evenly, don't go too close to the edges.

  14. now here's the slick trick to rolling up a roulade baby. You simply cut ¾ of the way through the short side of the roulade, about 3 cm in from the edge.

  15.  take the baking paper and use it to roll the lip of the short side up and fold it along that cut so that this will form the centre of the roulade. Don't take any nonsense and pull the paper tight, you want the roll to be as rolled tight as you can. It will most likely crack. Take no prisoners and roll up firmly using the paper as you go.

  16. Roll it right onto your serving dish. If you are offended by the cracks then you can decorate with edible flowers for a chic look or pipe on cream swirls and top with slivers of sliced lemon for a more traditional vibe.

  17. Apply To Off The Scale Delicious Face

Recipe Notes

  • make sure your mixing bowl is super clean or the egg whites will not whip up. I crack each egg white into a cup one at a time before tipping into the mixing bowl to make sure I don't get any yolk in there.
  • Use soft lemon curd for easy mixing.
  • you can use the spare egg yolks to make mayonnaise or ice cream.
  • you don't need a specific swiss roll tray just a tin that measures about 33 cm x 23 cm.
  • measure your baking paper out carefully to fit the tin.
  • make sure it is baking and not greaseproof paper as greaseproof paper will stick to the meringue as will silver foil.
  • store leftovers covered in the fridge.
  • you can freeze leftovers too double wrapped in clingfilm or silver foil. They will freeze well for up to a month.

All nutritional info is approximate and meant only as a guide.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Meringue Roulade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 735IU15%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.