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Milk tart swiss roll

Zola Nene’s milk tart Swiss roll

Our guide on how to make zola nene’s milk tart swiss roll


For the sponge
4 large eggs
100g caster sugar
90g self-raising flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g caster sugar (mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon)
For the filling
560 ml milk
1 cinnamon stick
1 large egg
125 ml white sugar
2 tbsp cake flour
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the sponge
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 23 × 33 cm Swiss-roll tin with baking paper.
2. To make the sponge, beat the eggs and caster sugar together until pale.
3. Sift the flour and cinnamon into the bowl, add vanilla extract and fold into the egg mixture.
4. Pour into the lined tin and spread out evenly.
5. Bake for 10–12 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch and the sides are shrinking away from the edges of the tin.
6. Place a piece of baking paper bigger than the baking tin on a work surface and dust with the cinnamon sugar. Invert the cake on to the dusted paper and peel off the original sheet of paper from the base.
7. Using the back of a knife, score the sponge down one of the shorter sides, 2½ cm from the edge. Starting with this side, tightly roll up the sponge with the paper. Rest the sponge roll on its seam to prevent it from unravelling while it cools.
For the filling
1. Bring the milk and cinnamon stick to the boil in a pot. In a bowl, whisk egg, sugar, flour, cornflour, vanilla and ground cinnamon. Pour the boiling milk into egg mixture, whisking continuously. Discard cinnamon stick, return custard to the pot and cook over medium heat until thickened. Pour it into a bowl, cover with cling film (making sure that it touches the custard to prevent a skin forming) and leave to cool completely.
2. Unroll the cooled sponge, discard the baking paper and spread the cooled milk-tart filling over the sponge.
3. Roll up again and cut off the ends to neaten it up.

Photography: © Penguin Random House South Africa (Pty) Ltd / Dawie Verwey; text: Extracted from Simply Delicious by Zola Nene (Struik Lifestyle). 

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