Rolls with Jam
Growing up my brother, cousins, and I always begged my nonna, mom or auntie to make us “rolls with jam”. They were our favorite treat and seemed so special because they would make them out of a few simple ingredients in just a few minutes. Nonna always rationed them out to us (2/kid) but my brother would have the majority of them (as in, at least 6). They are still one of his favorite treats. Nonna calls them “omLETTE” and we always called them rolls with jam. I believe they should be properly known as crepes, but I will always simply call them rolls with jam.
I may have called my brother to make him jealous the night I made these.
These are a great dessert to make when you have last minute guests or feel like having a special treat. You can serve them they way I usually do, rolled up with orange marmalade and sprinkled with powdered sugar, or you can get creative. However you choose to eat these, it will be worth the few minutes of effort it took to make them. There are a few tips below the recipe; be sure to check them out.
And now I present, my favorite childhood dessert of all (besides ricotta balls)…. Rolls with Jam!
Rolls with Jam
4 heaping tablespoons of flour
2 flat tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of lemon zest
“approximately” 1/2 cup milk (add as needed to reach the right consistency)
butter for frying
powder sugar to decorate
Orange marmalade, or any other filling you choose!
* Mix all ingredients in bowl
* Heat non-stick skillet to medium-high heat
* Melt butter in pan (1/3 teaspoon for each roll, just enough to spread in pan)
* Pour an almost full ladle of batter into the frying pan and immediately swirl the pan to cover the entire surface evenly with batter
* Cook until edges loosen and bubbling begins (approximately 45- 60 seconds- the edges will turn up)
* Flip. After about 30 seconds remove from pan and spread a thin layer of your filling over one half and roll up
* Sprinkle with powdered sugar
* Finally, eat as many as you can
- The batter should be realllly thin. Add enough milk to reach that consistency.
- If you like things a little sweeter you can add a capful of vanilla extract to the batter.
- Don’t worry about the first couple not looking great… for some reason the first ones are never right!
- If you don’t want to use butter use something (Smart Balance, etc) because it makes the crepe brown nicely and helps the batter to be distributed evenly (slick pan).
- Any kind of milk you have in your fridge is fine.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust the batter after you see the first couple cook.. I usually add a little more milk if the crepe looks a little flat.
- Don’t add too much batter to the pan. One small ladle is enough- you want these to be really thin!
My favorite classic combos:
1. Low sugar apricot jam (it has little bits of peel in it and is just amazing)
2. Nutella + banana slices
3. Nutella on its own
4. Orange marmalade
5. Strawberry preserves (not my favorite at all).
These really make a big statement when stacked next to each other on a nice tray and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Your guests are sure to love them!!!
Good luck, and enjoy!