Yields8 Servings
 Icing sugar for sprinkling
 4 large eggs
 100 g caster sugar
 100 g plain flour
 1 tsp baking powder
For the filling
 2 tbsp icing sugar, sieved
 170 ml double cream
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 200 g strawberry jam
 100 g fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into halves
 1 tbsp icing sugar

preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4; line a 20cmx30cm Swiss roll tin with non-stick baking parchment, cutting into the corners to get a neat fit; using a sieve, sprinkle this with icing sugar


beat the eggs, sugar and a pinch of salt with an electric whisk until you have a pale and light mixture that has quadrupled in volume – 10 minutes; when you reach this stage, the beaters will leave a ribbon when you hold them up from the mixture


sieve the flour and baking powder and fold in carefully but thoroughly; pour into the prepared Swiss roll tin; tilt the tin to ensure the whole base is covered; bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes; once cooked, it is important to act quickly; lay a clean tea towel flat on a kitchen surface and cover it with a slightly smaller rectangle of baking parchment of the same shape; take the tray out of the oven and carefully lift the sponge out of the tin, holding it by the edges of the baking parchment


place the sponge, exposed side down, on the baking parchment and carefully peel off the paper from the back of the cooked sponge


start from one end of the paper and roll; when you come to the sponge, continue to roll it snugly, so that the sponge and paper are meshed together in a log shape; roll in the damp towel and let it stand for 10 minutes to cool and set while you make the filling


beat the icing sugar, cream and vanilla extract until stiff; put it in the fridge until needed; once the sponge has had 10 minutes to cool off and slightly set, unroll it from its paper and tea towel, and spread a generous layer of strawberry jam all over the inside; spread the cream over the top of the strawberry jam; sprinkle over the fresh strawberries


roll the sponge up again and don’t worry if it cracks a little; scatter the icing sugar all over the top and chill until needed; take the swiss roll out of the fridge 10 minutes before serving for a lighter result

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