I have wanted to make jam roly poly for ages but haven’t got round to it. You can either steam it, wrapped in a cloth in a bain marie, or you can bake it like I did on Sunday. I decided to bake it because it needs 3 hours of steaming and when I am cooking Sunday lunch I need all four ovens of my Aga available for action. The steaming pudding would have taken up quite a bit of my simmering oven. Anyway,I prepared it early on and cooked it early and then kept it warm covered in foil in the warming oven. I wouldn’t do this again though, it would have been better, I think, fresh out of the oven. Oh well, I live and learn.
I made proper custard to go with it, and it was an enjoyable change to the sunday dessert menu. Next time, I will try steaming it and see which version I prefer.
I used Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s recipe in the The River Cottage Year as a guide, but adapted it to be baked rather than steamed and because I had 200g of suet, not 250g as HFW’s recipe calls for.
You can make this vegetarian by using the vegetarian suet that is available. You can also try different fillings, maybe mincemeat, or syrup with raisins and sultanas and a bit of chopped apple (ooh that sounds good, I might do that next time).
My mum had made strawberry jam from the piles of summer strawberries in her freezer, so that was the obvious choice for me, but I wonder what a marmalade roly poly would be like?
200g (8oz) shredded suet
400g (16 oz) self raising flour
pinch of salt
about 200-250ml cold water
Jam or filling of your choice (I used about half a jar of strawberry jam)
In a large bowl mix the suet, flour and salt together and pour in 200ml of water to begin with and mix to a stiff but manageable dough. You may need to add more water to achieve this.
Flour a work surface. Shape the dough into a square and then roll into a rectangle until the dough is about 1 cm thick. Spread the jam or filling, leaving a good margin around the edge. Brush the margin with a little water, then fold over the edges of the dough all around to seal in the filling.
Place on a baking tray seal-side down and place in a preheated oven at 180°c for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with custard.