Bolu Roll: The New Favourite Dessert In Town
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Cakes and pastries are so delicious, easily the go-to desserts for many people. Tiramisu, chocolate, strawberries, vanilla, blueberries and so many other mouth-watering flavours. But it is easy to reach a saturation point, to be bored of these cuisines. Bolu Roll is just the break one needs from all the everyday desserts. This Indonesian dessert will leave one craving for more. If you're not in the mood to prepare a complicated dessert, Bolu Roll will be the ideal comfort food. Never made a dessert before? Don’t worry, Bolu Roll is an easy-to-bake dessert that will leave one satiated not just as they eat but as they cook as well. Making the Bolu Roll the traditional method is crucial if you want to get the full flavour of this dessert. All you need for this cuisine is flour, cornstarch, egg and cheese. The best part of this delicious delicacy is the raw flavour of cheese and whipped cream that is just perfectly complemented by the sponge cake. The layers of the roll and cream, one after another, melt in the mouth and experience the taste of both simultaneously. The cheese comes as a twist yet goes great with the overall taste of the roll. So, sit back and enjoy this ride.

The history of Bolu goes back to colonisation. The impact of hundred years of colonisation in the Indonesian archipelago can be traced through their local culinary tradition. Western influences on Indonesian cuisine is often found in baking, pastry, cake and bread-making techniques, introduced by Portuguese and Dutch colonials. "Bolo" is used to describe cake, or more precisely sponge cake, in Portuguese, inspired by the Indonesian word bolu. The Dutch introduced the word taart. Today, the term bolu, tar, or tart is used interchangeably to describe cakes or tarts. Bolu can be both steamed or baked. Most Bolus are served bare, without any frosting. Today's recipe is an interesting take on this dessert.


    ½ cup medium flour

    ½ tablespoon cornstarch

    ½ cup sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla powder

    1 tablespoon milk powder

    1 teaspoon emulsifier (like egg yolk)

    4 eggs

    1 egg yolk

    ½ cup butter (melted)

For garnishing:

    5 cups whipped cream

    4 ounces grated cheese


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Prepare a square cake pan with butter and place parchment paper in it.

    In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, cornstarch, milk powder, vanilla powder, emulsifier, eggs and yolk. Beat it with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

    Take a small amount of batter and combine it with the melted butter, then return the mixture to the bowl. Stir it till it combines. Pour it into the cake pan. Use a spatula to smooth the surface.

    Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, then let it cool.

    Place the cake on parchment paper. Apply whipped cream and shredded cheese on it and roll it into a log. Keep it in the fridge to chill.

    Top it with more whipped cream and sprinkle cheese before slicing and serving.