We do love a hearty pudding on a cold winter’s day – and what could be better than jam roly poly?
I have to confess that I needed two attempts to perfect this week’s bake.
Roly Poly ‘Mark I’ was a disaster. There wasn’t enough jam to start with. Also I rolled up the pastry way too tightly. Last and certainly least, I boiled it. A method I’d read in a few recipes. It was so bad that Justin spat it out declaring it was the worst thing I’d ever made! Ever!!
I’m pleased to report that Roly Poly ‘Mark II’ was a triumph!
The ingredients were blended gently, then rolled not too tight… with plenty of filling.
Sugar was sprinkled over the surface (another omission in the earlier version).
And finally it was baked to a wonderful golden brown, the hot jam oozing through cracks.
After allowing to cool slightly, it was devoured – with lashings of custard of course!
And the official verdict from the chief taster? “Superb – I could eat that all over again!”
My poor old ring binder that previously held all my recipes had been damaged when our house flooded. It got covered in silt and became more than a little unhygienic.
Luckily, the majority of the recipes I’d torn out and kept from newspapers & magazines had been carefully cut and stored in those clear plastic punched pockets. Most remained dry and were salvageable.
There were a lot of recipes to transfer over and file but the new organiser came with pre-printed tabs with sections for things (that I do a lot of) like baking, preserves, pies & tarts, cakes, desserts etc.
It also came with 8 section dividers with lovely photographs of aspirational cooking & baking scenes!
There were over a hundred sheets for writing down recipes (using a fancy pen in my best handwriting of course!) and a really useful weights & measures conversion chart – I’m always having to look online to convert cups to grams and ºF to ºC.
If, like me, you have lots & lots of loose-leaf sheets of paper with recipes on, this folder is perfect. Most recipe organisers I’ve seen out there are too small and are ring bound which means you can’t add pages to them. This one’s big – it can hold A4-size sheets or even folded A3.
It was a big job that took longer than expected, but it’s now a real pleasure to pull my big, new recipe organiser out from the work bench drawer in the kitchen.
If you like it, there are still a few of this exact organiser available on Amazon or from the publisher’s website, Ryland Peters & Small.
It was Burns Night last night in Scotland (if not all around the world!). It’s a commemoration, on his birthday, of the life & works of poet Robert – aka Rabbie – Burns.
The annual celebration usually involves saying grace, a poetry recitation, bagpipe playing, a supper of soup & haggis, numerous speeches and a few Scotch whisky toasts interspersed throughout the evening.
We’ve chosen this lovely vintage saucepan set being offered by St Kentigern Hospice* in Denbighshire for this week’s Charity Vintage post. Six different sized pans should cover most culinary needs – and we love the cheery daisy pattern. Very good condition too… and a bargain at £29.99 for the set.
*St Kentigern Hospice’s objective is to offer patients, their carers, families and friends, responsive holistic care in a warm, homely, safe, nurturing environment.