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Why not say ‘I love you’ with a classic Swiss roll?

Rachel Allen


Who doesn’t love a home-baked cake, asks Rachel Allen, as she shares a trio of tasty recipes that are just perfect for the mother-figure in your life

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Mother's Day Swiss Roll, with Rachel and Scarlett Allen. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mother's Day Swiss Roll, with Rachel and Scarlett Allen. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Mother's Day Swiss Roll, with Rachel and Scarlett Allen. Photo: Tony Gavin

Why not say ‘I love you’ with something delicious? It could be for your mum, your godmother, or the mother-figure in your life — I mean, who doesn’t love a home-baked cake?

A classic Swiss roll can be hard to beat. Fill it with raspberry jam; salted caramel sauce and bananas; lemon curd and cream, or even poached rhubarb. It’s simple to do, and a nice thing for a mother and child to do together — it’s a favourite of mine and Scarlett’s. Sometimes the simplest things are just the best: a freshly baked cake, with a cup of tea — that’s what I adore.

Or if the mamma in your life loves a drizzle cake, then I recommend this version, far right, which has a summery-tasting elderflower syrup poured over the top. Let’s face it, we can always do with some more summer in our lives.