Friday, 16 December 2011

chocolate orange roulade for Eric Lanlard

so... in my continuing effort towards world domination (oh god Dom, not that AGAIN...) I have been asked to audition for the second series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard ... it's quite exciting as I get to go down to the Big Smoke and meet the gang, charm the pants off them, get on the show, which is showing on one of the main UK channels this time and not some kind of obscure off shoot of BBC Bristol, make them fall in love with me so much that they offer me my own TV show, become a huge star... a few simple steps to world domination which start with this chocolate orange roulade...

... now I realise that I only very recently made a chestnut cream roulade but the team at the TV production company asked me to bring something along that I am proud to have baked and shows off my skills and so I thought of this little beauty... of course I couldn't just rustle up the same old same old so i've given it a little twist by using the wonderful chocolate orange fairtrade chocolate I used recently when I made my honey buns, plus I have used just a little of the wonderful syrup in the whipped cream to add even more of an orange hit... and I have to say I have hit jackpot here, even if I do say so myself!

chocolate orange roulade
I am of course entering this into this months we should cocoa, as my second entry, thank you very much...

For the roulade:
4 eggs - separate yolks and whites
150g good dark chocolate (at least 80% cocoa)
4oz caster sugar

For the filling:
300m tub of double or whipping cream
2 tablespoons of wonderful orange honey syrup
grated orange zest

- In a large bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar until soft and light.

- Melt the chocolate (I do this gently in the microwave but if the idea sends shivers up your spine, then use the classic bowl over simmering water method...) at this stage add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of hot water to the choc mix, then add it to the egg and sugar mix.

- Next beat the egg whites till stiff and then carefully fold them into the mixture.

- Line a large Swiss roll tin with tin-foil which you should then grease well with butter or margarine.

- Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven at 160C for 20 minutes then a further 10 minutes at 90C.

- Whilst it’s baking, grease another large sheet of foil and place it on a flat surface where it won’t have to be moved for a while.

Now the tricky bit...

- Once baked, take it out of the oven and immediately turn it over onto the greased foil and leave it, with the baking tin still on top for at least 8 hours... so bake in the morning and get on with making the soup, or bake in the evening and leave it overnight.

- Now you're ready to assemble; whip the cream and stir in the syrup and grated zest.

- Take off the baking tin and carefully peel off the foil that lined the tin.

- Spread the cream mixture evenly onto the surface of the roulade and then, using the excess foil, roll the roulade into shape.  It should be able to be slipped neatly onto a plate.

one step nearer world domination... eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Yum! I love choc orange.

    Do bear this in mind if you get as far as filming anything!

    "Four Ladies and a Croquembouche"

    Unless it's something you want badly enough I'd be wary of putting yourself out too much for them - we ran the gauntlet of booking time off work for partners and reorganising time and time again when they kept changing the filming schedule. They even chopped our filming dates in half so that we were meant to make our blasted croquembouche AGAIN on the morning of the show and assemble it in Eric's Kitchen. Personally I think they're looking for people who are going to have disasters on camera. It's more Come Dine With Me than Great British Bake Off and the whole experience has made me very cynical about TV.

    But that's just me being a kill joy! Get on there and win! (What is the prize anyway?)

    Channel 4 isn't it? Is it going to be primetime this year instead of during the day?

  2. Dom, Can I have your autograph pleeeease? Chocolate orange roulade - that's a real winner for me.

    Good luck!

  3. I don't know about Eric Lanlard, I want one of those for ME!
    Hope the session goes well for you, and I look forward to following your TV series in due course... :-)

  4. @sarah... thanks for raining on my parade... :0) I realise that it's all 'for TV' so as long as I keep my eyes open...

  5. I am with Sarah here Dom.

    Hopefully they have got their act together, but the entire thing left a very nasty taste in our mouths and competely destroyed memories what was a fun day filming, and did little to endear us to either Baking Mad or Eric. To add insult to injury the production company contacted Katie 6 months later and asked her if she would be interested in taking part in the next series.

    Given the opportunites we all get from our sites I now realise that a day of filming with Eric is not enough of an incentive for something that is going to cost me time, effort, emotional energy and money.

    We were all desperately excited about it at the time, and were thrilled that we were going to be doing it. Now I am an ond cynic.

    Lovely roulard however!

  6. Dom! I have also been invited! I am going on the 12th January 2012, when are you going? LOVELY roulade and I must brush up on my rolling skills if I am to be in with a chance of beating you! LOL! Hope you are there on the same day as me!

  7. Good luck guys you might just have a different experience than others have hopefully and will enjoy it more(and I'm sure they will enjoy your baking too). x

  8. I'd love a slice of that.

    Good luck with the filming.

  9. wow you're so lucky! i love Eric Lanlard. I met him in NYC during a cook promotion and had him autograph my cookbook!
    thank you for sharing this post and have a great weekend.

  10. Very impressive rolling there Dom, and of course, a perfect choice of flavours. Choc orange is a surefire winner :-)

  11. Good Luck Dom, your roulade looks delicious.

  12. Don't let a bunch of Bitter Bettys spoil your fun, Dom!

    I do know what they mean, because I was gutted when I got booted off the programme I was on (despite being better than the other guy - I think they wanted someone with flaws that they could correct). But TV is fun. I'll be watching. :)

  13. I'm very impressed with the rolling here, Dom. Good luck with the TV thing, but heed the warnings too!

  14. You always have such exciting news. Congrats on your invite.I'm sure you will dazzle them with your enthusiasm for cooking and baking. This dessert looks like another winner. Orange and chocolate YUM!

  15. Go for it, I'm all for world domination especially if it involves chocolatey orange deliciousness! GG

  16. Congrats Dom. With a roulade like that you are sure to knock their socks off.

  17. Your roulade is right up my street! Good luck - I have no doubt at all that you will achieve world or at least cooking domination! Have fun!

  18. good luck DOM! a roulade is a show stealer! xx

  19. Congrats and good luck Dom. The roulade looks amazing, I'm sure it will impress them no end.

  20. Wow what a mixed bag of comments this is. I am sure your experience will shine through and they will fall in love with you & your gorgeous roulade!

  21. Dom, once again world domination is at your fingertips! I'll bet you can taste it, oh I'd like a taste of that chocolate orange roulade - now!

    Knock 'em dead, give it the old college try! You can do this, you are the "Great and Powerful Dom" - just remember the "little people" who encouraged you! Give 'em hell!

  22. This sounds like another chapter in the exciting life of Dom and His Quest For World Domination! My opinion? Can't go wrong with a light and fluffy roulade and the chocolate and orange combo is just decadent to 'do them in'!

    Have at it, Dom!

  23. Dom, you're just showing off. Just because you can roll a perfect roulade!!!!!

    Now I'e calmed down a bit, have to say it looks fantastic and I'm very sure tastes fantastic. And good luck with Eric. Oh, and thanks also for entering WSC - again.

  24. Dom .. you are a genius! What a beautiful roll.

    Sarah & Helen .. I remember the filming thing being such a disappointment, you've both been live with me on my BBC radio show and I was so shocked when you said.. you are both brilliant in the kitchen.. something very odd there!

  25. Hey Dom, how are you??? This roulade is amazing!!! can I have a big slice please? Sorry I lost many of your updates...but quite busy with the new magazine....please check out the new english version on our new web site.
    You can also publish your best recipe in the site if you like!!! Let me know what you think!!!
    I hope you like it!!! Thank you!!!!

  26. Good luck with the the roulade and am sure you'll be the next...Jamie Oliver/Nigel Slater...

  27. I hope they have managed to get their act together and that World Domination is just around the corner!

    Best of Luck - although you don't need it when you're bringing this delicious (and perfect!) roulade.

  28. Go DOM GO!! I reckon they'll be WELL impressed with this little beauty! And have lots of fun- after all that's what this baking lark is all about right? Well, and the whole World Domination thing ;)

  29. omg that's so exciting! you're going to be a star! please don't forget us little people then ;)

  30. You bring this.. they will definitely offer you your own tv show.. and if they don't, they are absolutely crazy!!!


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