A Most Marvellous Matcha Swiss Roll!

Matcha Swiss Roll

*This Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll is a must make for those that love the lightness and flavours of Asian cakes without excessive sweetness. This divine cake is a light but never dry cake rolled up with a filling of rich vanilla and matcha flavoured mascarpone. A must make cake. *

Mr NQN came home with some exciting news the other day. The promotion that he had patiently been waiting for for almost a year had come through and he had himself a brand new title, responsibility and team. He moved desks and soon found himself facing the new team. There is a routine when there is a new team member and this involves telling everyone three pieces of information:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your favourite movie.
  3. What kind of dog you would be if you were a dog.

The questions were easy for Mr NQN to answer because perhaps we talk a lot of rubbish, but we frequently have conversations about what dog we would be. His answer is the Great Dane - a large, sweet, gentle giant. For me it would be the Pomeranian. Little, vivacious and sometimes thinks that they're bigger than they are.

I asked my friends and family the same question and these were the dogs that they chose along with some of the dog's most defining characteristics.

My mother: Poodle aka proud and with an impressive hairdo
My father: Chihuahua aka loyal and mistrustful of strangers
Queen Viv: Saluki aka thin and an independent hunter
Miss America: Airedale Terrier aka stylish but also a playful clown
Belinda: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel aka lively but lap loving dog
Nick: the dog humping on other dogs (just kidding - although we know he would be)

Matcha Swiss Roll

The dogs that everyone chose were so much like the people it was rather spooky. And what is even funnier is that my whole family where I am the tallest at 5 foot 2 inches all chose little dogs. And at a recent Chinese New Year lunch that my cousin Rich hosted, I knew the cake to bring along that would please all of my family and also because it was an all Chinese crowd. It was this matcha swiss roll.

Asian cakes tend to be lighter than Western cakes and tend to feature flavours like black sesame, green tea, red bean, pandan or other Asian dessert flavours. And if you find Swiss rolls on the dry side, I can really, really recommend this Swiss roll. Strong in matcha or green tea powder, the cake itself is not dry, it's moist and soft and it is filled with a matcha and vanilla mascarpone. Kind of like a green tea tiramisu! It's not overly sweet and the texture of this Swiss roll really is something gorgeous to behold. I've made many Swiss rolls trying to get to "the" one and this is the sum of my efforts! And yes if you like Swiss rolls, I urge you to make this beauty!

So tell me Dear Reader, what dog would you be and is your choice very much like your personality? And what is your name and your favourite movie? And Happy St Patrick's Day!

Matcha Swiss Roll

Matcha Swiss Roll

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An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott/Not Quite Nigella

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes plus 10 minutes cooling time

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup caster of superfine sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cake flour*
  • 1/4 cup mild flavoured oil (I used canola)
  • 2-3 teapoons matcha powder mixed with just enough water to form a liquid (I used Mista Matcha powder)
  • 250g/8.83ozs mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup icing or powdered sugar plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder (plus more to sprinkle)

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a Swiss roll tin with parchment on the base and sides. Whisk egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer until foamy and then add the sugar gradually until soft peaks form. Add yolks in one at a time while whisking. Sift the flour in at a height and then add the oil and green tea liquid. Fold until incorporated.

Matcha Swiss Roll

Step 2 - Spread out into the prepared tin and tap gently against the counter to get rid of any air bubbles. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for another 10 minutes.

Step 3 - Take a large sheet of parchment and sift some icing/powdered sugar over it. Remove the cake from the tin and place top side down on the sugared parchment. Gently remove the parchment from the back and sides of the cake. Roll up gently and allow to cool. It doesn't take long.

Matcha Swiss Roll

Step 4 - While the cake is cooling, make the filling. Beat the mascarpone, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, vanilla and matcha powder together until thick and spreadable. I used a home made mascarpone that wasn't as solid as bought so I ended up whipping it to thicken.

Matcha Swiss Roll

Step 5 - Gently unroll the Swiss roll and fill with the mascarpone filling. Roll back up and chill overnight or for a few hours. Sift more matcha powder on top and slice off the ends (just to make it look a bit neater-cook's treat! ;)) just before serving.

Matcha Swiss Roll

Matcha Swiss Roll

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