Strawberry Jelly Roll Recipe

 

It has been over a month now since my book was published on Amazon. My children, parents, friends and family have stepped up to both purchase books as well as to spread the word. I am so grateful to all of them as well as all of my blog family! Thank you!

I have sent books to New York, Arizona, Thailand and now Pennsylvania. It is an exciting time and a bit unimaginable. I am concentrating on promoting this book because it took 13 months of non stop effort as well as in the hopes that it can offer some financial support for my family. 

 

I am currently testing for an old fashioned dessert book but this is just a part time effort at this point. The next book will be a step by step and tutorial. 

For anyone who wants to purchase one of my books you can contact me and I will pay shipping within the United States as well as sign the book! You can contact me on facebook or via email: mom_of9@hotmail.com51kwfFGgMRL._SX442_BO1,204,203,200_

Old fashioned desserts have always interested me and now I have chosen to highlight them in a cookbook. I am fond of jelly rolls because they look amazing and can be dressed up with whipped cream, ice cream or just about any simple filling. After more attempts than I care to mention, I have come up with this step by step on baking a jelly roll with success. The pictures being used in this post will be of a walnut jelly roll as well as a strawberry jelly roll.

Ingredients

6 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup strawberry jam

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Crack each egg, separating whites from yolks placing whites and yolks into different bowls. Place whites into a mixing bowl and start beating on low speed. Let this beat for one minute until eggs start to get frothy. Gradually add 1/4 cup of sugar and salt. I use a stand mixer so that I can work on other parts of the cake while the whites beat. While this is mixing start work on egg yolks.

Use a whisk to beat egg yolks until well mixed, set aside. Gradually add the next 1/4 cup sugar to whites and increase speed. While eggs are beating sift flour and baking powder and set aside. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar to whites and continue beating until stiff peaks form. This usually takes 5 minutes but can vary depending on your mixer and speed. Pour egg yolks over whites and gently fold in until well combined.

Sprinkle sifted flour and baking powder over egg mixture and fold in making sure a smooth texture remains. Do not beat this mixture.

Spray a 10.5 x 15.5 baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, paper should cover entire pan as well as going up the sides. Spray parchment paper thoroughly with baking spray. Scoop batter onto pan and smooth over entire surface as evenly as possible. Place pan in the oven and time for 14-15 minutes. While cake is baking place a piece of parchment paper or a clean tea towel on work surface and sift powdered sugar over entire material.dsc_0191

The above picture is the beginning of smoothing batter to edges

Cake should look uniformly golden brown on top when done. Remove from oven and let set for 3-5 minutes. Carefully take outer ends of parchment paper from opposite ends and lift cake. Place cake over prepared surface and gently turn over and onto powdered sugar area. Remove parchment paper from top of cake and discard. Start at one end and roll cake until it is in a log type shape.

The cake pictured above is a walnut jelly roll so the texture will be smoother.

While the roll is cooling whip heavy cream and sugar until stiff and fluffy. Place jam into a bowl and stir until smooth. Fold jam into whipped cream. When cake is totally cool, unroll, spread 1-2 cups of cream on one end of roll and start to roll until you come to the end. Freeze or refrigerate jelly roll until you are easily able to slice. You can dollop left over cream on top and place fresh strawberries on each piece if you like.

 

 

 

Family time

This past weekend my oldest daughter, See See, flew in to visit with us. My middle child announced he would also be popping over.  The kids and I drove to my hometown to see Mom and Dad and to meet up with all of my kids. We had quite the weekend only missing one child and daughter-in-law. As usual Osama invited everyone over for a delicious meal on Saturday and Gigi and Papa were able to make it out to the house to join in. img_2560

I met with a dear friend who I have known since elementary school and catching up was so exciting. She picked up several books for herself and other friends who requested them. She was very kind and also encouraged me to get my life story published.

The next day Mom hosted brunch and the girls helped her out. All of the kids showed up and of course it was chaotic and full of interesting moments! Ben made the mistake of taking a rest on the floor!

The little ones had fun with aunties and uncles

It was soon time for some to depart and last hugs were exchanged

An old friend stopped by for her signed copy of the book

And then we headed back to the beautiful Palouse!img_2634Finally, a selfie of me and my girl

Mom plus nine cooks

Hi fellow bloggers!  First, I want to thank all of you for the love and support throughout my blogging career. I have made so many wonderful friends here. Also, thank you for being patient with my absence from blogging in the past year while working on the cook book. Lastly, it would be greatly appreciated if my friends and fellow bloggers would be willing to share my book information on any and all social media. Thank you so much!

Sincerely, Lynn

My book is now available on Amazon:

Mom plus nine cooks: Tested recipes, real foo…

Hit publish!

Hi to all of my friends and new followers! You have been dearly missed these past few months. As many of my good friends know, the past year has been full of; baking, cooking, taking photos, testing, re-testing, editing and endless reviewing.  I finally had to say “enough” and am hoping to push the publish button on Monday! I have ordered numerous proofs, changed the cover about 7 times and have had plenty of testing and reviewing by my kids, their fantastic spouses and a special friend of the family.  So here is the final look and I hope to be back on here visiting and having fun on a regular basis as of today!

Thanks for the love and support,

Lynn

 

 

Cooking and more cooking

These days have been spent; washing dishes, mixing meatballs, stirring sauce, whipping cream, adding spices, mixing dough, more dishes and quickly jotting more directions and fine tuning ingredients. My son purchased some items to make photography easier and so snapping pictures repeatedly has also been part of my daily routine. I am practicing and my kids are helping me out so for now more cooking, testing recipes and more snapping photos. I hope you are all well and I will be catching up this week.

I know my way around the kitchen but not so much around taking pictures of food! So I will take stacks of photos and in the end we will sort through them and start over if need be! Thanks for your patience while I work on this project!

 

Cookbook

 

dsc_0861_1 (1)I am back on track, working on my cookbook and on alternate days putting my real life story together. My goal is to test all recipes for the book during the month of January.

February will be the month of more testing by my family and friends and a constant effort of writing and editing recipes, taking pictures and deciding which dishes are truly suited for this book.dsc_0613

The other day as I chopped onions and garlic, peeled sweet potatoes and pulled together a fragrant red curry, Sumaya stood watching and listening to my back and forth reasoning regarding the cookbook. I told her that this seemed like part of my legacy and something that I wanted to complete. Thirty five years spent stirring sauces, adding spices, visiting neighbors to watch them cook and inviting people into my home for meals and to take part in my culinary adventures. Delivering trays lined with cream puffs, lemon bars and decadent chocolate tidbits. Taking informal lessons on Moroccan Couscous, Indian curries and Palestinian Maclube. Afterall it felt as if my children had been raised in the kitchen and had become amazing home cooks in their own right. She nodded her head, her shiny manicured nails gripping a mug of curry topped with a large spoon of yogurt. She smiled and clicked her fingertips on the glass counter and then asked me one simple question, “What would you give to have a book of your grandmother Elva’s recipes?” And with her words I gathered new motivation to work on my legacy.dsc_0857

Update on writing

Thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway and those of you who purchased, liked and reviewed my book. The final drawing was done and the last winner is  Brigid of  Watching the Daisies

Please send me your mailing address so that I can get this book off to you Brigid!

I am currently working on a cookbook and trying to keep editing my real life story as well.  I go back and forth with the real life story and kind of give up but then hear of other people who are suffering and as I have been told by many I do have a voice and can speak out. So, hopefully I will be able to complete it and maybe switch back and forth between these two ideas taking the pressure off.

Have a great Saturday and I had to share these photos of  little princess Alayna. She has a great deal of hair that is long and curly and in the morning it can be quite wild. Mom and Dad put a cute bow or make a little ponytail on top of her precious head but early one morning when I woke up with her it was natural and untamed! She is such a doll!

Bad hair day?

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