Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect
This is one of my all-time favourite, make-ahead party desserts. It freezes beautifully (un-iced), then you simply thaw it in the fridge overnight and drizzle over the icing just before serving.
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You Will Need
Preheat the oven to 180oC (fan 160oC/350oF/Gas 4). Lightly grease the Swiss roll tin with butter and line with baking parchment. It helps to make a small diagonal snip in each corner of the baking parchment, about 3cm (11⁄4in) long, so the paper fits snugly into the corners of the tin.
Meanwhile, place the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk using an electric hand whisk on high speed until fluffy and stiff, but not dry.
Tip the caster sugar and egg yolks into another large bowl and whisk on high speed until light, thick, and creamy, for about 1 1/2 minutes. Pout in the cooled chocolate and stir until blended. Add two large spoonfuls of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and mix gently, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Sift the cocoa and fold it into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
Make a light cake
1. As soon as the chocolate has melted, take the pan off the heat
so the chocolate doesn’t overheat, or it will become too stiff; it needs to be a pourable consistency. Stir, lift the bowl off the pan, and leave the chocolate to cool until it feels tepid. If the chocolate is too hot when stirred into the egg yolks, it will start to cook them.
2. Pour the cake mixture into the buttered and lined Swiss roll tin. The mixture should be light and airy now that the egg whites have been added. Ease it into the corners and smooth the surface level using a spatula. Do this very gently, so that you don’t squash out the air you have just whisked in.
Place the cream in a bowl with the Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and whip until thick enough to just hold its shape. If insufficiently whipped it will be too runny to spread; if over-whipped, it will become too thick to spread evenly.
Starting at this point, tightly roll up the roulade. Transfer the roulade to a serving platter or board.
Roll a neat roulade
1. Leave the roulade cake to cool completely before you tip it out of the tin. Run a small palette knife around the inside of the baking parchment in the tin to loosen the cake, so you can turn it out easily without it breaking.
2. Gently turn the cake out onto a large sheet of baking parchment that has been lightly dusted with icing sugar. Carefully loosen the parchment that surrounds the cake and peel it off, making sure you don’t take the cake with it.