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Jam Roly Poly

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

Serves 6

Jam roly poly is an old favourite; this traditional English school lunch pudding is perfect cheering up food. Jam roly poly is steamed suet pastry filled with generous lashings of jam; it is wonderful served with hot thick custard.

Jam roly poly is a great dessert that your whole family can enjoy. It is a dessert that children love the look of as well as the taste and adults often find nostalgic and can’t help but smile.


  • 220g self-raising flour
  • 110g suet
  • A pinch of salt
  • 200g raspberry jam
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Caster sugar for dusting


  1. Mix the suet, flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the egg and stir in well.
  3. Gradually add a little water at a time until a dough forms.
  4. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle about 8mm thick.
  5. Heat up the jam in a microwave; brush the jam onto the rectangle leaving a border round the sides.
  6. Roll the rectangle from a short side.
  7. Wrap the jam roly poly in baking paper, twisting the ends tightly.
  8. Place in a steamer and cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours, until the roly poly is firm. 
  9. Serve with custard and ice cream.

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