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Celebrate National Day with a nostalgic treat updated by Chef Zan

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Celebrate National Day with a nostalgic treat updated by Chef Zan


Makes one 18-cm roll

3 eggs • ½ tsp vanilla essence • 2 tbsps milk • 65 g castor sugar • 30 g cake fl our, sifted • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp baking powder • 23 g unsalted butter, melted • 2 tsps strawberry paste • 100 ml whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a 28 x 18-cm Swiss roll pan with parchment paper.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, vanilla essence, milk and sugar at medium-high speed until light.

3. Add cake fl our, salt and baking powder and beat for 30 secs. Fold in melted butter using a spatula.

4. Place 100 g batter in a small bowl and stir in strawberry paste. Mix well and spoon into a small piping bag.

5. Pour remaining batter into prepared Swiss roll pan and pipe strawberry batter over it. Using a skewer, swirl batter to create a marbling pattern.

6. Bake for 15 to 20 mins or until cake is golden brown.

7. Remove cake from pan and set aside to cool on a wire rack.

8. Using an electric mixer, whisk whipping cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form.

9. Place cake on a sheet of parchment paper and spread with whipping cream. Roll cake into a log with the aid of the parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Stewardess turned baker, Chef Zan embarked on her passion for baking with a study journey that took her to prestigious schools like the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne and Le Cordon Bleu in London. Her latest book, Celebration Desserts with Chef Zan, $29.96, is available from major bookstores.


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