Strawberry-Ricotta Roulade with Pistachios

June 20, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This strawberry roulade owes its existence to the fact that I was lacking one crucial ingredient in all the quick strawberry cake recipes I browsed. I used low-fat ricotta but when I make it again I'll use whole-milk ricotta. The next day the roulade did not look so pretty any more but it tasted even better. —Nadia Hassani

What You'll Need
  • Sponge cake:
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 12 ounces strawberries
  • 10 ounces ricotta
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, more for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 16 x 11-inch jellyroll pan with parchment. Grease the parchment and the sides of the pan.
  2. Beat the eggs and the egg white until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix the flour with the baking powder and the salt and sift into the eggs. Fold it into the eggs lightly but thoroughly until no more flour pockets remain.
  4. Pour the dough into the jellyroll pan and smoothen it with a spatula.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch.
  6. Lift the parchment with the sponge cake onto the kitchen counter or a baking sheet and cover immediately with a clean dry kitchen towel. Let cool.
  7. Lightly toast the pistachios. Cool, then chop and set aside.
  8. Beat the ricotta with the vanilla extract and the confectioner’s sugar until smooth and creamy.
  9. Wash, hull and slice the strawberries.
  10. Flip the parchment with the sponge cake over and place it on a large baking sheet lined with the kitchen towel or with parchment. Carefully remove the parchment from the baking of the sponge cake.
  11. Spread the ricotta evenly over the sponge cake, leaving about ½ inch uncovered on the long sides. Spread the sliced strawberries on top and sprinkle with the pistachios.
  12. Using the towel as a lifter, roll up the cake from the long side. Place the roulade with the seam-side down on a serving platter. If you are making this just en famille, and not for fancy presentation, or if you don’t. have a platter long enough, cut it in half to fit, (that’s what I did). Chill for 1 hour. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

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4 Reviews

Paul,Rybarczyk March 12, 2023
Recipe for disaster, the way it's written. Be sure to beat sugar with the eggs. You think in 9 years someone would have corrected the recipe! Also, do not wait until the cake cools to roll it. Roll it in the towel while it's warm, then let it cool rolled up. Then, after it's cool, unroll and fill and reroll, without the towel, of course! That way the cake "remembers" how to roll up, without too much cracking. If you wait until the cake is cool to roll it up, it's like trying to roll up a cracker. Also, put powdered sugar on the towel. I added lemon zest to the cheese and sugar mixture for a little more taste.

I am sure it'll taste good. I've made it a few times.
Paul,Rybarczyk July 5, 2014
The sugar goes into the cake batter, as a unexperienced baking friend of mine found out by following the directions as written.
nancy E. February 16, 2014
pleas include instructions for what to do with sugar. Beat into egg whites?
nutcakes February 14, 2014
You omitted the sugar from the directions