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Cherry & chocolate roulade

Cherry & chocolate roulade

Give the family a special treat. This delicious dessert is sure to impress.

Serves

8

Prep: 

10 mins

Cook: 

25 mins

Average: 4 (13 votes)

Ingredients

  • 1 (400g) can pitted black cherries in syrup, drained
  • 45ml/3tbsp brandy
  • 5 large British Lion eggs, separated
  • 100g/4oz caster sugar
  • 150g/5oz plain chocolate, melted
  • 300ml/1/2 pt double cream
  • icing sugar and cocoa powder to dust

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Lightly oil a 33x23cm (13x9in) Swiss roll tin and line with baking parchment. Mix the cherries and brandy together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in large bowl until creamy. Stir in the chocolate and 45ml/3tbsp water.
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl, until soft peaks form. Stir a large spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then gently fold in the remainder. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 25-30mins or until firm to the touch.
  4. Place a damp teatowel on the work surface and cover with a sheet of baking parchment. turn-out the roulade, face down onto the parchment and peel away the lining paper. Cover with a damp teatowel and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Spread the cream over the roulade, scatter over the soaked cherries. Roll up the roulade, starting from a short end, using the paper to help. Dust with icing sugar and cocoa powder and serve in slices.