Peach season is in full swing in Ontario! I got a box of peaches from a local farm, and started thinking about what I could make with them. I wanted to make two kinds of desserts with them, a warm one and a cold one. I ended up making a peach sour cream cake (which is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream) and a peach cake/Swiss roll. We ate the leftover peaches fresh :)
Summer Peach Cake Roll
I waited patiently for a week for these peaches to ripen, and I was rewarded with soft, juicy and sweet peaches that go perfectly well with a cream cake roll.
I used the Biscuit method (no leavening added) for the cake layer in this recipe. This method yields a lighter but slightly drier sponge cake compared to a chiffon sponge, which helps the cake to hold its shape. The resulting Swiss roll will not be too dry, as the cream and peach pieces inside the roll help moisten the sponge.
Top the cake roll with even more peaches! I also added pumpkin seeds to add crunchiness to the cake. I'd imagine pistachio bits would go even better with this cake.
Summer Peach Cake Roll
- 4 Eggs
- 50g Caster sugar
- 4g Vanilla extract
- 100g Cake flour
- 180mL Heavy or whipping cream
- 1.5 Tbsp Caster sugar
- 1-2 Peaches, diced
- Pre-heat the oven to 375°F / 190°C
- Separate the egg yolks and the egg whites into two bowls. In the bowl with the yolks, add 20g sugar and vanilla extract and mix until homogenous.
- To make the meringue, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites while gradually adding the remaining sugar (i.e. 30g) and beat until stiff peak.
- Gently whisk 1/3 of the foamy egg white at a time into the egg yolk mixture by hand until all egg white is fully incorporated.
- Sift and fold the flour with a spatula into the egg mixture until just incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix the batter!
- Line a jelly roll pan (10.5" x 15.5") with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan, and spread the batter evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, make sure that it is not over bake (or else the cake will be too dry and break while rolling). To check for doneness, gently press the top of the cake. If it springs back, it is ready!
- The process of handling the cake after it comes of the oven may be somewhat confusing. I have included a video from Just One Cookbook in the Tips section to show you how it is done. I highly recommend watching the video demonstration! Regardless, steps 9-11 are the written instructions of the process.
- Have 2 pieces of parchment paper as big as the baking tray ready. Right after taking the cake out of the oven, place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cake. Wearing oven mitts, flip the baking pan with the top parchment paper (i.e. the cake should be sandwiched in the middle of 2 pieces of parchment paper). Remove the baking pan and peel the parchment paper carefully from the cake. The side of the cake you are seeing will be the surface of the rolled cake.
- Place the second piece of parchment paper on top of the cake. Flip the cake again and remove the top parchment paper. Cut off one of the short ends diagonally, thus helping the Swiss roll to close its seam later on when it is ready for assembly.
- The cake should still be warm at this age. Starting from the uncut short end, roll the cake with the bottom parchment paper. Once it is rolled up, cover the roll and parchment paper with a kitchen towel. Place it on a wire rack and let cool completely.
- While the cake is cooling, prepare the whipped cream. In a cool metal bowl, place heavy cream and sugar in the bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until firm, or until stiff peaks are formed. Wrap and place the cream in the refrigerator until the cake is completely cooled.
- If you haven't already, now is a good time to dice the peaches.
- Prepare another piece of parchment paper, or re-use any of the previous parchment paper that does not have any cake crumbs stuck on them.
- Unroll the now cooled cake. Spread the whipped cream evenly onto the cake, while leaving a 1/2" border on all sides.
- Distribute the diced peaches evenly onto the cake.
- Roll the cake from the uncut short end. The seam should be resting on the bottom of the roll. Using a parchment paper, wrap the Swiss roll tightly in the middle, leaving excess paper on both ends. Twist the excess parchment paper on either ends to secure the roll. The end product should look like a giant candy! Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Once it is ready to serve, unwrap the parchment paper. Optional: Trim off both ends of the Swiss roll to reveal the beautiful swirl of the cake.
- Sometimes the cake may crack as you roll it. The trick to a perfectly rolled cake is to pre-roll it while it is still warm!
- Over-mixing a sponge cake batter will knock out the air bubbles, resulting in a denser cake.
- If you don't have a jelly roll pan, you can use a regular baking tray, and spread the batter out evenly into a rectangle. The cake will not spread outwards so the batter will not thin out even more if you choose to use a bigger baking tray.
- I highly recommend watching this video from Just One Cookbook for the cake unmolding/pre-rolling process: https://youtu.be/27ol1zZJyPQ?t=235