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Jam Roly-Poly

The cylindrical shape of the roly-poly recalls the days when puddings were cooked in cloths instead of bowls. The pudding is a sheet of dough that has been slathered with jam or marmalade, rolled up, and then baked on a rack in a pan filled with hot water.

  • Servings: 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2007


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more softened for parchment paper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup homemade or good-quality store-bought raspberry jam
  • 3 tablespoons very finely chopped semisweet chocolate (optional)
  • Creme Anglaise (optional), for serving


  1. Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until pieces are no larger than peas. Add milk; process until a soft dough forms. Place dough on plastic wrap, and pat into a rectangle; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Butter a 21-inch piece of parchment paper; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to slightly thicker than 1/8 inch. Cut into a 15-by-12-inch rectangle. Spread jam over dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle chocolate over jam if desired. Fold short sides of dough in by 1 inch. Roll lengthwise to form a cylinder, brushing off excess flour. Pinch ends and along length of cylinder to seal.

  4. Place seam side down in center of buttered side of parchment. Bring long sides of parchment together at top, and make a 1/2-inch fold. Fold over again, and seal. Tuck ends under. Repeat with foil, folding sides together and twisting ends.

  5. Place wrapped cylinder on rack in pan. Add enough boiling water to come about 1 1/2 inches up sides of pan (water should not reach pudding). Transfer to oven; bake 1 hour, adding boiling water occasionally to maintain level. Loosely tent with foil; bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pudding registers 180 degrees, about 30 minutes.

  6. Transfer pudding to a wire rack, and let cool 20 minutes. Remove foil and parchment, and slice. Serve warm, with creme anglaise if desired.

Cook's Notes

Purists might stick with fruit filling alone; those who don't mind a modern tweak can scatter chocolate over the jam.

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