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Grandma's jam roll

  • 15 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 6
Grandma's jam roll

Perhaps your grandmother made this sweet treat for a Sunday dinner. Perfect on a winter's eve with lashings of whipped cream.


  • 125 grams butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • about 1 cup milk
  • about ½ cup jam
  • Syrup
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 75 grams butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Lightly grease a 6-cup capacity ovenproof dish.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour and baking powder until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and make a well in the centre. Add sufficient milk to make a soft dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and just bring together.
  4. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1cm thickness. Spread the jam over the dough leaving a 1cm edge all the way round free of jam. Roll up like a Swiss roll and place in the prepared dish.
  5. Make the syrup by stirring together the water, sugar and butter and pour over the roll.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes until the roll is golden and well risen. Serve sliced with a little of the sauce and custard or cream.

Cooks Tips

Variations: - Use different jams. - Sprinkle about ½ cup dried fruit over the jam before rolling up. - Add the grated rind of 1 orange or lemon to the dough.

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