Delicious roly-poly


This is my grandpa’s favourite dessert of all time. Every time Ouma Verona makes it, my grandpa reprimands her for not making it often enough. And I feel the same way – it is such a wonderful dessert, in a way reminds one of scones and apricot jam (minus the cream but with a delicious sauce).

She originally made it from the first edition Kook en Geniet and with the passing years it is now perfected.  The problem is – she won’t share her secret.  So with trial and error I’m trying achieve the sensation that is Ouma Verona’s roly-poly. Here is what I have so far:




*We finished it so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to take a proper photo!


500 ml flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

125 ml butter

2 eggs

3 tablespoons milk

8 tablespoons apricot jam

500 ml boiling water

250 ml sugar

Additional 6 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.
  2. Add the butter and mix it by rubbing it between your fingertips. Add milk and eggs to form a dough.
  3. Divide the dough into two, roll it out and spread with the jam.
  4. Roll it up like a swiss-roll and place it in a shallow dish.
  5. Mix the boiling water, sugar and 6 tablespoons of butter (you can add some more for a richer sauce) and pour over the dough.
  6. Bake for one hour, until it has a nice and crispy crust, and serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.

2 thoughts on “Delicious roly-poly

  1. This makes me remember my Mom’s cooking on a Sunday – Roly Poly was pudding most of the time – my Dad’s favourite! I am making this yummy recipe sooner than Sunday coming!!

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