Sunday, April 4, 2010
More Passover - sorry!
That would be because eggs are the only things you can use for leavening. That would be because I was trying yet again to best Andy at those nasty Passover desserts. Oh, and I needed them for the matzoh balls too.
But for now, that meant a sponge cake. With potato starch, eggs and no other leavening. Sigh.
And then a faint memory struck me: my non-Jewish mom (you know, the one who shows up in online videos) used to make a jelly roll also. I remembered that coconut was involved.
I called her to ask about it. Sure enough, my memory was correct (that never happens). Her mother (Ethel Barrow Valsek who was a great southern cook - guess where you got those genes from Andy?) made a similar jellyroll but she glazed the top with raspberry jam then sprinkled it with fresh coconut.
So the following result is a collaboration between a mom who is Jewish and a mom who is not. A good combination, I think. If only the Israelis and Palestinians could find such common ground......
8 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (superfine, if possible), divided
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest and juice from 1 large lemon
1 cup potato starch
12 oz. seedless raspberry preserves
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a baking sheet (1/2 sheet pan) with parchment and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Place egg yolks in electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add 1 cup of the sugar and salt and beat for 10 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Add vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and blend well. Remove to a large mixing bowl.
Wash mixing bowl thoroughly then fit mixer with a whisk attachment. Place egg whites in bowl and beat until foamy. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat until whites are stiff but not dry.
Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
While cake is cooling, place a kitchen towel (preferably linen) on the counter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Turn cake out onto towel. Starting from the long side, roll cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled up.
Serves 8 - 10
Note: this is a lovely and light confection and I would happily consume it apart from Passover. However, in that case, I would also add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the potato starch.
Coming soon: Lessons from Andy!