RHUBARB JAM ROLY-POLY
Timescale
Relaxed
Serves
4-6
Difficulty 
Moderate
Jam Roly Poly is an old school British bake, yet, served drowning in too much custard, with its soft sponge and sweet jam it is simply delicious.
We have added rhubarb jam instead of the rather sweet strawberry version, and its lip-smacking tart sweetness really takes this comforting classic to new heights.  
If you cannot get your hands on rhubarb jam don't fret.  It's incredibly easy to make, which we go over in the recipe 
INGREDIENTS

RHUBARB JAM

300g Rhubarb

200g Caster Sugar

Lemon Juice

JAM ROLY POLY

250g Self Raising Flour

125g Beef or Vegetarian Suet

25g Caster Sugar

175ml Milk

6-7 Tbsp Rhubarb Jam

Butter, to grease

 

TO SERVE

Vanilla Custard

Roast Rhubarb (optional)

METHOD

THE RHUBARB JAM

I promise you, making your own jam is seriously easy! If you've found yourself some beautiful forced rhubarb, you're ready to go. 

1. Rince the rhubarb and roughly cut into chunks. Place the rhubarb, sugar and the juice of half a lemon into a medium-sized pan.

Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat a little and leave to simmer for 30 minutes, making sure to stir it regularly.

 

2. When the mixture has thickened test you jam by placing a little bit on a cold plate. If the jam holds its shape rather than turning into a blob it's done! If it looks like its a little runny cook it for a little longer until it reaches the right consistency. 

 

THE JAM ROLY POLY

1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan). 

 

2. In a large bowl add the self-raising flour, suet and caster sugar. 

 

3. Pour the milk into the dry ingredients and mix well. The mixture should come together to form a soft, but not sticky dough.

 

4. Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and roll out your dough using a rolling pin to a 23 cm by 30 cm rectangle.

 

5. Spread the rhubarb jam over the dough, making sure to leave a border of 1.5 cm along the edges, to avoid the jam to spill out when baking. 

 

6. Taking the shorter side, gently roll the dough to form a log, making sure not to squeeze out the jam. 

 

7. Butter a piece of baking parchment that is wider and longer than you roll. Place the baking parchment on top of a piece of foil the same size.

 

8. Carefully lift your Jam Roly-Poly and place it with the seam side up onto the prepared sheets. Fold over the top of your sheets to seal the parcel, making sure to leave space for the Jam Roly-Poly to expand, and twist the two ends, like a cracker. 

 

9. Place a tray on the bottom shelf of your oven and fill to about halfway up with boiling water. Place your wrapped Jam Roly-Poly on the middle shelf of your oven above the water-filled tray. 

 

10. Bake for 1 hour 5 min.

 

11. Take out the roll of the oven and carefully remove the baking parchment and foil, before transferring to a platter. 

 

12. Serve in slices with warm vanilla custard and roast rhubarb.

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