This delicious dessert is made with only three ingredients plus cream for the filling. It contains neither butter nor flour and is very easy to make!
For the roulade you will need:
175g of dark chocolate, the darker the better
4 large free range eggs, separated
100g of caster sugar
For the filling you will need:
250ml of fresh cream, whipped
chocolate flakes or grated chocolate for decoration
- line a swiss roll type tin (approx. 30cm x 23cm) with baking parchment
- break the chocolate into pieces and melt it in a microwave for 3 x 30 second bursts
- mix the chocolate until smooth then leave it aside to cool
- separate the eggs
- measure the caster sugar into a large bowl and put the egg yolks in with the sugar
- put the egg whites into a separate, very clean, grease-free bowl. If there is any trace of grease, including even tiny wisps of egg yolk, the egg whites will not whisk up properly, so it’s worth taking a bit of care at this stage
- whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and hold their shape
- whisk the sugar and egg yolks together until they are pale, thick and creamy – this should take about 3 – 4 minutes if using an electric beater
- gently fold the cooled chocolate, a little at a time, into the egg yolk and sugar mixture
- when the chocolate is all mixed in, then fold the egg whites into this mixture a little at a time, using a spatula. Be gentle with this folding so as to keep as much air as possible in the mixture
- spread the mixture into the prepared tin and bake it for about 15 minutes, or until it is well risen and firm
- turn the cooked roulade out onto a sheet of baking parchment that has been sprinkled with a little caster sugar. Gently peel off the lining paper and then cover the roulade with a clean tea towel. Leave it to cool completely
- when the roulade has cooled, trim the edges of it with a very sharp knife. This will make it easier to roll up
- to finish, whip the cream until it is stiff. Keep some of it back to decorate the top of the finished roulade, then spread the rest over the cake
- gently roll the cake from the narrow end, using the parchment paper to roll it away from you. Don’t worry about the odd crack in the surface – the cream will cover it up!
Decorate the finished roulade however you choose – we like lots of cream and chocolate flakes!