Can you cook jam roly-poly in a microwave? 

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you cook jam roly-poly in a microwave?” We’ll provide an outline of how it is prepared, describe what Jam roly-poly is, its origin, as well as how often it should ideally be consumed.  

Can you cook jam roly-poly in a microwave? 

No, thus far, you cannot cook jam roly-poly in a microwave. Jam roly-poly is a cooked suet pudding- which means it must be either boiled, steamed, or otherwise baked, in order to be cooked. 

It is possible to reheat store-bought or previously cooked jam roly-poly in the microwave and serve it with custard, cream, and other dessert toppings, but the process of fabricating the pudding requires either steaming, baking, or boiling.

How is jam roly-poly made?  

Oven-baked jam roly-poly can be made with the following ingredients; 

  • Self-rising flour
  • Softened butter (for greasing)
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Jam (strawberry or raspberry)
  • Shredded suet
  • Salt 

And by using a jelly roll pan and wax paper. 

The first step requires preheating the oven and preparing the wax paper with butter. 

In a large basin, the flour, suet, salt, and sugar should be mixed in, and milk added to stir the combination into a dough with a soft, springy consistency. Once the dough has been formed, it can be placed over a surface sprinkled with flour, where it can be kneaded until it feels even (with no lumps) and stretchy. If this step is too taxing, it can be carried out in a mixer with a dough hook, and once finished, the dough should be left to sit for a half-hour, at room temperature. 

After the aforementioned period, the dough should be flattened and given a rectangular shape /of about 22 x 32cm) over the floured surface, and the jam should be spread over it, leaving about a half-inch border on the edges.

Once ready, the dough can be carefully rolled by the short side and placed over the buttered surface, and then loosely wrapped in the wax paper, so that it may expand while baking. The paper can be fastened into place by twisting the ends and using kitchen string to tie it in. 

Repeat the last step with a sheet of tin foil, and then place the ready-to-cook dough on a rack, and place the pudding on a rack, then into an appropriately sized tin, half-field with boiling water. 

The dough can now be baked for 30-35 minutes, after which, it can be taken out, and the sheets surrounding it removed once placed on a flat surface.

Once slightly cooled, it can then be cut into slices of varying thickness and served. It’s worth mentioning that its taste is reputed to be better when chilled,  and served with toppings such as custard, syrup, whipped cream, and chocolate. 

What is jam roly-poly

Initially known as roly-poly pudding, jam roly-poly is a traditional British pudding that is also known as shirt-sleeve pudding, dead man’s arm, or dead man’s leg. 

Similar in appearance to a swiss roll, jam roly-poly is made from a flat-rolled suet pudding that has jam spread over it and is then neatly curled up.  

Where is jam roly-poly from? 

Jam roly-poly was invented in nineteenth-century Britain, a period when puddings were in style. Initially, jam roly-poly, like all other puddings, was conceived as a savory dish rather than sweet, like the puddings that are widely available today. 

In 1845, British food author and poet Eliza Acton published a recipe for suet pudding that could be prepared with either jam, marmalade, or mincemeat. Jam was recommended fifteen years later by Isabella Beeton, another author, who noted that fresh fruit was not always readily available. 

In time, the recipe became popular and widely available and even became the protagonist of a children’s book called “The roly-poly pudding.” 

How often should I eat jam roly-poly

Jam roly-poly should be consumed sparingly, as a sporadic treat. It is lush with carbohydrates which if consumed in excess, can lead to serious health problems such as being overweight, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart disease.  

Moderation in all good things is key, and while we don’t discourage readers from indulging in this particular dish, we do advise temperateness.

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In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you cook jam roly-poly in a microwave?” We also provided an outline of how it is prepared, described what Jam roly-poly is, where it comes from, as well as how often it should ideally be consumed.  


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