Creative Cooking Italian Recipe

Erik's Italian Cake Roll with Fresh Strawberries

Recipe Introduction

This is the Italian Cake Recipe I made in creative cooking class in March 2013. I chose this recipe because both chefs in my kitchen chose entrees and I wanted to make a desert. I also love fresh fruit and hope to integrate it into the majority of my recipes. The pictures included show the process from start to finish.

Recipe Yield

1 Ten Inch Cake Roll - Serves 3-6 people

Ingredients & Equipment

Equipment: 10 1/2 by 12" Jelly Roll Pan

Parchment Paper

Oven

Cooling Rack


Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 egg white

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup smooth ricotta cheese

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 2/3 cup strawberries hulled and sliced

Procedure

Step One

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper or parchment

Beat eggs and egg white plus sugar on high speed until its light and foamy

Sift the flour, soda, and salt into the bowl, and fold in quickly

Step Two

Pour into jelly roll pan and smooth out.

Bake for 8-10 minutes

Step Three

Lay parchment paper on a clean towel

Sprinkle the paper with extra sugar

Turn sponge cake onto sugared paper

Roll up the sponge cake and allow to cool for about 30 minutes

Step Four

Mix almond extract, ricotta and powdered sugar together

Step Five

Unroll sponge cake layer and spread with ricotta mixture

Scatter strawberries evenly over the ricotta

Step Five

Carefully re roll, slice and enjoy!

Recipe Reflection

After completing this recipe, I am decently satisfied with the final product. I thought that the filling of the cake roll was exquisite, however the actual cake was a little bland and dry. I would consider adding another egg white to the recipe to make it a little more moist in the end. As for the difficulty of the recipe, I believe it to be somewhere in the middle. The baking of the cake layer was prettysimple. The only semi-difficult task was folding the wet mixture into the dry. The filling was pretty easy as well, simple mixing of ingredients. I would definitely try this recipe again!