Thursday, 6 June 2013

Almond Roulade with Lemon Curd and Fresh Strawberries

Much to my delight the lovely warm sunshine (when I say warm I mean 16 degrees C HA!) has been out consistently for the past few days now (touch wood touch wood touch wood - with every limb because I HAVE to). I cannot express how much I love the sun and how much difference I think it makes with regards to one's mood.Sun = happiness, ergo I must move to a warmer country or I am going to be one miserable munchkin by the time winter rolls back round. Gaaah. Never mind I should be quiet and make the most of it while it graces dreary England with its presence! That (make the most of it I mean!) is exactly what I did yesterday when I made this very summery almond roulade with lemon curd and fresh strawberries, took it off half completed to the bus station to meet Hannah and then on to the park for a well deserved picnic after the last few weeks of solid hard work!

In our picnic hamper were two cans of the delightfully refreshing cloudy lemonade (not as good as blood orange San Pellegrino but mmm thinking about it makes me want to run to the fridge and crack open my last can of cloudy lemonade which I have been saving for later), an onion bagel each - oh my goodness those things get tastier with age - cream cheese and a little jar of strawberries. I LOVE how much fruit this season brings to the markets in town. The copious amounts of fresh produce available (at a much lower price) is definitely one of my favourite things about summer.

As is sitting on the grass and not getting a damp bum!!

Hannah is being ridiculous healthy eating at the moment and so the fact that this cake is fat free meant she could join me in eating almost the whole roulade in one day! It's that good, we had three slices each on the picnic, shared one when we got home and had another slice each whilst watching Game of Thrones last night - I may have previously mentioned how I think Game of Thrones is crap ridiculous and stupid etc etc etc well... and it pains me to say this... I am now on episode 3 of season 1 and as far as the TV series goes it isn't that bad. It is not my usual cup of tea at all - in fact far from it - but I am quite enjoying it (and hate myself for it HA!). I think Hannah is just happy that she finally has me to watch it with her and so isn't being all smug about my change of heart :D (I'm sorry.)

Picnic time!
Anyway how I got from fat free to TV shows I have no idea, I have meandered completely off topic. Back to what you are here for... THE BAKED GOODS mmmmm.

I was sat at my desk yesterday at about 10.30 am thinking about surprising Hannah with a picnic and summery desserts, roulade was what came to mind. I sat and pondered it for a bit but didn't act on it. Two hours later I received a text from Hannah saying she was out of college and getting the next bus which meant she'd be in town by quarter past one. I darted into the kitchen at 12.30, the cake was out of the oven by 12.55. If you take prep into account this is one speedy cake to bake! Ideal for spontaneous picnics when the sun comes out.

If you want to go on your picnic pronto and don't have time to wait for the cake to cool completely you can roll it up in baking paper and pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes to kick start the cooling then take it to your destination as it is. Remember to pack the lemon curd and sliced strawberries to complete the roulade when you are sat in the sunshine!

The sliced strawberries and the lemon curd go together extremely well, providing a sweet yet tangy taste sensation so fruity how could it not be the perfect dessert for summer?


3 medium eggs
20 g soft light brown sugar (+ 2 tbsp)
65 g granulated white sugar
20 g ground almonds
65 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond essence

130 g lemon curd (1/3 of a jar)
150 g of strawberries, sliced 


1. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees C and grease and line a 9" x 13" Swiss Roll tin (or a regular shallow baking tray - that's what I used, mine even had ridges in the bottom that didn't effect my cake one bit).
2. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Whisk with an electric hand whisk for 3 - 4 minutes until the mixture has thickened and become very smooth and lighter in colour.
3. Add the almond essence, ground almonds, flour and baking powder and whisk again until well combined.
4. Transfer the mixture into you pre greased and lined tin and bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until a cocktail stick comes out clean and the cake is springy.
5. Before the cake it due to come out take another sheet of baking paper, a little larger than the cake, and sprinkle it with 2 tbsp granulated sugar (or caster sugar if you prefer less of a crunch).
6. Once baked, tip the cake top side up onto the sprinkled sugar and roll up the roulade tightly with the sugar sprinkled baking paper inside. Leave like this to cool completely.
7. Once completely cooled unroll the roulade carefully and slather generous amounts of lemon curd. Lay the sliced strawberries on top of the lemon curd and roll the roulade back up.
8. Serve, share, eat and ENJOY :) (preferably in the sunshine!)


  1. Sounds and looks really delicious. Nice idea! :-)

    1. Thank you very much!! I'm glad you think so! :D (and thank you for commenting it meant I found your blog which looks so delicious I just had to put it into a translator!!!)


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