SWISS ROLL WITH HOMEMADE LEMON CURD

 

As I speak it’s getting quite difficult to find flour in the shops anywhere! It’s good news that people are now turning to baking/cooking for the first time or have been meaning to do more but they never had the time. Now we are all isolated we have the time and I hope you have the inclination to give this lemon Swiss roll a go. 

I’ve searched my recipes for a cake that used the least amount of flour which, I’m hoping that you may still have in the cupboard from before ‘the situation’.  This fat-free sponge uses only 75g. Homemade lemon curd is just delicious and easy to make as long as you have a little patience to stir, stir and stir. A gentle touch is needed or you will end up with scrambled eggs. Of course,  I strongly advise you to have a go at making the lemon as it so, so, so delicious but If you don’t want to make the lemon curd then I’m certain that a jar of it could be an ‘essential’ ingredient on your next shopping outing. You can, of course, fill the roll with any other jam such as strawberry or raspberry.

I’m getting hysterically over-excited about my next supermarket trip out, it’s so lovely to be out of the house and even calls for lipstick and a bit of dressing up for the occasion. I’ve even turned to giddy chatting with anyone in the queues (at the required distance of course) just because I can, at last!

Start with the lemon curd

Gorgeously citrusy lemon curd

 

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WILD AND FRUITFUL-AWARD WINNING CUMBRIAN PRESERVES

Very Fruity Strawberry and Rosepetal jam

WILD AND FRUITFUL

Jane Maggs has been making beautiful, homemade preserves from her home in Wigton Cumbria for over a decade now.

The key to this business is in the name ‘Wild’. All the fruits used are locally grown and foraged from nearby orchards, farms and private gardens and Jane has built friendships with all of the producers. Brambles, damsons, blackcurrants, sloes, strawberries, raspberries, rosehips and even rose petals from Jane’s own garden make it into these little jars and bottles.

There is a vast range of curds, jams, jellies, sauces, fruit vinegars and chutneys and production changes with the season and is dictated by local availability of the fruits. Jane explained “I could buy in frozen fruits and concentrates from e.g. Poland but this would completely undermine the ethos of the business and of course the taste and flavour of our products. Our products are made by hand with seasonal fruits; I employ local people and support a wide range of other small, local businesses.”

Jane is the sort of person who sweeps you along with her enthusiasm and spirit and her determination to stick to the essential ideas underpinning her business

My favourite (although it was tricky to choose) was her bestselling Strawberry and Rose Petal conserve. This has a beautiful pink colour and fruity taste of strawberries with a very distinct flavour of roses-just like a summer garden. It was delicious on a home baked scone with cream-a lovely taste of Summer.

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