Jam roly poly

If you grew up in the UK like I did, chances are you’ll have heard of jam roly poly. It’s the quintessential English child’s comfort food. It is sweet and carby and works really well served hot with custard.

jam roly poly and custard

I recently reprised this childhood favourite for my son and he has voted it the best dessert ever. Jam roly poly is normally made with suet but I left that out because suet is hard to get here; so I’ve used a basic shortcrust recipe. Apologies in advance to any jam roly poly enthusiasts.

You can use any type of jam in this dessert. We’ve recently tried mulberry jam and strawberry jam and both work well. You can use store bought jam or make your own.

To serve 6 people, you’ll need the following.

2 cups self raising flour
125g cold butter cut into cubes
2 tablespoons sugar
50ml milk
50ml water
1/2 cup jam
milk for painting the dough
sugar for sprinkling

Start by making the dough. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the butter cubes. Make sure the butter is really cold.

Jam roly poly

This is where it gets messy. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. See, breadcrumbs!

jam roly poly

Stir in the sugar.

Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and add the milk and water and mix together until a dough forms. It doesn’t matter if it looks a little crumbly.

Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

jam roly poly

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Roll out the dough into a rough square shape. You might have to cut off the uneven edges to patch the dough and get a good basic shape.

jam roly poly

Spread the dough thickly with jam, leaving about 2cm on each edge. We used some mulberry jam this time. It was really chunky and a little runny but unbelievably delicious!

jam roly poly

Carefully roll the dough into a log. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bit crumbly.

jam roly poly

Pinch the ends together and paint the outside of the dough with milk. Sprinkle with sugar. You can see that my jam oozed out a bit. Looks messy but will still taste amazing!

jam roly poly

Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough is browned then cut into slices and serve warm with custard. Enjoy!

You’ll be surprised at how clean the plate will be scraped!!

jam roly poly

Here’s a printable recipe.

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A delicious comfort food dessert perfect for a cold winter’s night.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 125g cold butter cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 50ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • ½ cup jam
  • milk for painting the dough
  • sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
  1. To make the dough, sift the flour into a bowl and add the butter cubes.
  2. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and add the milk and water.
  5. Mix together until a dough forms.
  6. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  8. Roll out the dough into a square shape.
  9. Spread the dough with jam, leaving about 2cm on each edge.
  10. Carefully roll the dough into a log.
  11. Pinch the ends together and paint the outside of the dough with milk.
  12. Sprinkle with sugar.
  13. Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough is browned.
  14. Cut into slices and serve warm with custard.

 

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One Response to Jam roly poly

  1. Amy says:

    This looks, delish!
    I’ve just raided my Dad’s mulberry tree so hopefully I will have luck making some jam this year… this roly poly is definitely on my to dos, yum!

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