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Difference between Swiss roll and a roulade

Swiss rolls are made from a light sponge mixture that contains flour. Roulades are based on a whisked egg mixture and contain very little or no flour, and are moister and softer than Swiss rolls. To prevent a Swiss roll cracking when rolled, trim off its crusty edges then, while it is still warm, put it on greaseproof paper dusted with caster sugar. Roll it up loosely, rolling the paper with it, and leave it to cool in its wrapping. Then gently open up the roll slightly, remove the paper and spread the interior with jam, lemon or lime curd or cream.

Roulades are easier to roll, so can be filled before rolling up. They do usually crack when being rolled, but look attractive when dredged with icing sugar and decorated.

06:22:39 on 11/30/08 by Webmaster - Quick Cooking Tips -

Cooking perfect meat stews

Stews are a perfect way to use the tougher, cheaper cuts of meat. Long, slow cooking makes the meat tender and full of flavor. But tough, stringy meat can be the result of cover cooking, especially if it is cooked at too high a temperature so that the liquid boils and breaks up the fibers of the meat. The temperature at which the stew cooks should be no higher than 50C, and this should be maintained for at least 2 hours. The aim is to achieve a very gently simmering, with only the occasional bubble breaking the surface of the liquid. A heat diffuser made of wire mesh and placed between the hot-plate and saucepan can prevent the stew cooking too quickly.

The pan should be heavy with a tight-fitting lid that keeps in the moisture. A pan that is too thin or buckled can cause the stew to burn at the bottom. Your pan should also be the appropriate size; small quantities of stew in a large pan will dry out very quickly, while too much food in a small pan might boil over.

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00:55:48 on 11/06/08 by Webmaster - Quick Cooking Tips -