Finnish Jaakko's Dream Torte Roll (Jaakon Unelmakaaretorttu)



6 to 8 servings



4 eggs (room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Powdered sugar (sometimes called icing sugar or


1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cloudberries, or


Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan with parchment or waxed paper and butter bottom and sides of the pan. Dust with flour. Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the sugar GRADUALLY and continue beating until light and lemon colored, about 5 minutes at high speed.

SIFT the flour and baking powder together over the mixture and carefully fold in using a rubber spatula.

Turn mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly to the edges and corners. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until the top springs back when touched.

While cake is baking tear off a doubled length of paper toweling, folding it to about 18 inches in length. Generously dust the toweling with powdered sugar.

When cake is baked, loosen the edges and invert immediately onto the sugar dusted towel. Peel off the parchment or waxed paper and roll up the cake, starting at a narrow end, rolling the towel into the cake. Allow to cool completely.

To prepare the filling, combine the ricotta and whipping cream in a bowl and beat at high speed until rather stiffly whipped. Blend in the powdered sugar and vanilla.

Carefully unroll the cake. Spread with the creamy mixture and berries. Roll up again. Place on serving plate and chill, covered, until ready to serve. 6 to 8 servings.

The Great Scandinavian Baking Book B. Ojakangas

Author's Comments

Jaakko Kolmonen is a chef on Finnish television. His rolled cake is delicate and simple to make. Use whatever fresh fruit or berries in season. Finns often use a finely textured, fresh milk cheese called rahka in combination with whipped cream in cake fillings to stabilize the cream. Ricotta makes an acceptable substitute.

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