In general I’m not a very gadgety person, but there are a few kitchen tools I can’t be without, and one is a stand mixer. I was asked to take an Oster® Brand stand mixer for a spin (see what I did there?) and used it as an excuse to also test out a dessert I’ve been meaning to try for ages – a rolled meringue roulade, which sounds far more fancy and sophisticated than it actually is.
A roulade is really anything rolled up, and in this case, meringue is spread out and rolled into a log around tart berries and cream – essentially the same ingredients as a pavlova, which just might be my favourite dessert ever. As much as I love plum pudding and the chocolate bundt cake old family friends bring over every holiday, after a big turkey dinner I don’t want something heavy – I love the sweet-tartness and acidity of something made with meringues and tart fruit and cream. This would be fab spread with lemon curd or filled with berries, but I wanted to make it festive – and what’s more sweet-tart than cranberries spiked with orange?
Most roulades are made in a jelly roll pan but I used a 9×13-inch, thinking that most people don’t own a jelly roll pan per se, and rimmed sheet pans can vary. This worked, even though as I was rolling and it split a bit I thought it was going to structurally fail, but in the end it was perfectly fine and held up perfectly on the table without collapsing or melting into itself. I love things that are perfectly imperfect, and totally delicious. Plus, any meringue-fruit-cream combo has a built-in failsafe: if it deconstructs itself, you can always call it Eton Mess and pretend you intended for it to be that way.
A lot of meringue roulade recipes add mascarpone or thick yogurt to the cream, presumably to stabilize it further, but it wasn’t necessary – although it would be delicious and worth a try. Of course, beating the egg whites and then the cream is an essential part of the process, and the Oster® Brand stand mixer that arrived in the mail last week (early Christmas!) was up for the task, whipping both effortlessly with the whisk attachment, and spraying none of it over the edge of the bowl and onto the walls.
I posted a video on Facebook, if you’re so inclined to see the whole process. This will be on our table on Christmas eve! Merry Christmas, all!
Thanks again to Oster® Appliances for sending a mixer, and sponsoring this post! This kind of support allows me to spend more time sharing recipes here, which I love the most.