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Chocolate Rum Raspberry Cake Roll

Servings: 8-10
For The Simple Raspberry Sauce:
1 (12) oz. pkg. whole frozen raspberries (about 2 1/2 cups), thawed
4 tablespoons Chambord or other berry liqueur
1/3 cup granulated sugar

For The Cake
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa, unsweetened
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons dry instant coffee
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

For The Raspberry Mousse Filling
3 ounces whole frozen raspberries, about 1/2 cup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
3/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
Fresh raspberries, if available

Easy Chocolate Rum Glaze
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, about 1 1/4 cups
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons rum flavoring

Special Pan:
You will need a 15x10x1" Jelly Roll Pan

Oblong Holiday Cake Stencil, to dust top with a holiday decorated confectioners' sugar design.

For Simple Raspberry Sauce:
Puree thawed raspberries in food processor or blender until smooth. Strain to remove seeds. At this point (before liqueur is added), remove 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the puree and reserve for filling. Stir liqueur into remaining puree. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Best if made 24 hours ahead.)

For Cake Roll:
Pre-heat oven to 375º F. Prepare baking pan by greasing sides and placing parchment or wax paper in bottom of pan. Stir together dry ingredients except coffee and sugar. Set aside.

Place eggs in a bowl of hot tap water for 3 minutes to bring to room temperature. Separate eggs.

In small narrow bowl, blend together yolks, rum flavoring and coffee granules. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and beat on high speed until thick, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Clean beaters well in preparation for next step.

In larger bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Briefly fold yolks into whites without being too thorough. Sift dry ingredients over egg mixture in three parts, and gently fold in until barely incorporated. Turn into prepared pan, and smooth to edges with as few strokes as possible. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until top springs back when gently pressed with finger. Do not overbake.

As cake is baking, lay out a linen cloth larger than the baking pan, and sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar. As cake is removed from oven, immediately turn cake out onto prepared cloth. Gently remove parchment or wax paper from bottom. Grasping cake from the shortest side, (the 10” side), roll cake and towel together, so that towel remains inside the cakeroll. Set aside to cool, seam side down.

For Filling:
Combine cold water and 1 tablespoon liqueur. Sprinkle gelatin over and allow to soften for 2-3 minutes. Microwave on high for 20 seconds and allow to stand for 2 minutes or until granules are completely dissolved. Combine reserved puree with gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until syrupy. (If gels too quickly, simply warm again.)

Whip cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff. Fold puree/gelatin mixture into sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Stir remaining 1 tablespoon liqueur into jam. Carefully unroll cake, remove towel and spread jam over unrolled cake. Top with mousse, sprinkle with fresh raspberries, if available. Roll up again, seam side down.

For Glaze:
Warm glaze ingredients together in heavy saucepan over low heat, just until melted and smooth. Brush all crumbs from surface of cakeroll. Pour approximately 1/4 of the glaze over the cake surface, using spatula to smooth a thin glaze, just barely sealing the surface. Refrigerate cake for 10 minutes. Reheat glaze so that it pours easily. (A small amount of half and half or light cream may be used if necessary to thin glaze.) Pour over entire cakeroll (except ends) and allow to drip over and down sides, keeping use of spatula to a minimum. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To Serve:
Remove from refrigerator 15-20 minutes before serving. Place 2-3 tablespoons raspberry sauce on each dessert plate. Slice with a clean knife dipped in warm water and place a slice on each plate. Pass raspberry sauce around the table.

Makes 8-10 servings.

If desired, use a festive cake stencil on top of cake, and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, then remove stencil.

Nutritional Analaysis:
495 Calories Per Serving:
6 g: Protein
19 g: Fat
78 g: Carbohydrate
140 mg: Sodium
117 mg: Cholesterol
Alcohol: 2 g

Recipe adapted from The Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission.

Source: Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission
Date: October 5, 2002