Picture this – It’s Sunday afternoon. You’re lounging on the patio, enjoying a highly anticipated newly-released book by your favourite author. The smell of the lilies and roses in full bloom waft through the neighborhood. The kids are out in the yard, quietly playing a non-competitive game of croquet together. In your hand you have a icy cold Sangria, and the heat of the sun reminds you of that vacation you’d taken to Mexico years ago.
Ah – perfection.
In reality – You haven’t had a chance to sit down since you got up in the morning. You’re spending the day catching up on the ever-growing pile of laundry, working on the never-ending yard work, and wondering what that smell in the fridge is coming from. The only thing wafting through the neighborhood is the smell of gas fumes from everyone trying to catch up on their yard work. The kids have begun clobbering each other with the croquet mallets, and you’re sure a trip to the ER will be added to the list before the day is done. To top it off, global warming has become a reality, since it feels like you are now living on the sun.
Welcome to Summer!
Even with all the craziness that summer brings our way, it also brings a chance to break out of the normal routine. The kids are out of school, so the time they go to bed can be relaxed a little. The rush to get supper on the table in time so that everyone can get on with their evening fades. The sun hangs just a little longer in the sky. Summer also gives us a chance to enjoy lighter foods. Meat and veggies that is simply cooked on the grill. Salads that are tossed with a light vinaigrette. Desserts become lighter as well, very often featuring fresh, in season flavours. That is where this gluten free Strawberry Cream Roll Cake comes in. The light lemon sponge cake is rolled around a decadent creamy strawberry filling. Although this fare isn’t ‘light’ in the sense of low calories, it is light in taste and flavour, and it is not something that will make you feel like you have over done it after you’ve enjoyed it.
Chocolate. Whipped Cream. Buttercream. Nuts. Lemon Curd. Berries. The list goes on. The possibilities of what you can roll a sponge cake around are nearly endless. Whether you call it a Swiss Roll, Jelly Roll, or a sweet Roulade, the simple dessert is sure to impress a crowd. One of the best things about this extraordinary dessert is that it can be made in advance. Even on those crazy busy summer days, it only takes a short while to prepare this enticing gluten free Strawberry Cream Roll Cake. The cake itself only takes 12 minutes to bake, and while it is cooling you can prepare the filling. Once you have rolled your cake, simply wrap in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. You can reserve some of the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture before folding in the strawberries, and pipe it onto the top of the roll using a pastry tip. Cake adapted from Anna Olson.
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You can reserve some of the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture before folding in the strawberries, and pipe it onto the top of the roll using a pastry tip.
Cake adapted from Anna Olson.