Jelly Roll

jelly roll 2

jelly roll 2

 A Jelly Roll is one of those simple desserts that is so satisfying.  It is among my father's favorite treats that my Bubbie would make for him when he was a child. So in honor of the holidays here is a delicious recipe from my Bubbie. Make it for your Hannukah party!


3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

confectioners sugar

good quality raspberry jam


Line a  10x15 inch sheet pan with wax paper and then spray the wax paper with cooking spray. **

In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the stand of a mixer, beat the eggs for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and beat for another minute. Continue by adding the sugar, water and vanilla extract.  Gradually add flour mixture and mix until combined. Pour batter into greased baking tray. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly done.

Sprinkle cake with a light dusting of confectioners sugar and invert the cake from the pan onto a clean tea towel. Remove wax paper from the cake.  Gently roll the cake using the tea towel. Allow the rolled cake to cool completely. You can even put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Once the cake has cooled, unroll it and spread a very thin layer of raspberry jam all over. Re-roll and slice! You can dust the cake with more confectioners sugar if desired.

** The best pan to use for this recipe is a 10x15 inch pan.  However, I used a half sheet pan which also worked, but produces a thinner cake.

jelly roll 3

jelly roll 3

photosRebecca Elman