The Chew: Carla Hall’s Blackberry Roly Poly Recipe With Blackberry Jam


The Chew: Carla Hall’s Secret Blackberry Roly Poly Recipe

Carla Hall got an email from a Chew viewer, Jacklyn Moore from Washington D.C., wondering if she had ever heard of a blackberry roly poly, which her mother made all the time when she was growing up. Since Carla is from the south, she was wondering if she knew how to cook it. After doing some research, Carla was ready to take it on…with a little trivia. The dessert is actually of British origin and made its way over to the southern part of the country over time. If you don’t know what a roly poly is, it’s something like a swiss cake.

Carla Hall’s Blackberry Roly Poly Recipe

The Chew: Carla Hall's Blackberry Roly Poly Recipe With Blackberry Jam

Carla Hall showed us how to make a Blackberry Roly Poly.


Blackberry Roly Poly Ingredients:

  • Butter for greasing
  • 1 1/4 cups Self Rising Flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 tablespoongs Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoooon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Blackberry Jam
  • Greek Yogurt to serve
  • Heavy Cream to serve

For the Blackberry Jam:

  • 3 cups fresh Blackberries (crushed)
  • 1 ounce Powdered Pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Lemon (juice and zest plus more to garnish)

Carla Hall Blackberry Roly Poly Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.
  2.  Grease a large piece of parchment paper with butter.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Work in the vegetable shortening until crumbly.
  5. In accordance with southern tradition, you can replace the shortening with lard.
  6. Stir in milk with a wooden spoon until almost completely incorporated.
  7. Don’t replace the milk with water – you want the dough to be a little softer than normal pie crust.
  8.  Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.
  9. Spread the jam across the surface of the dough leaving a 1-inch border.
  10. Roll the dough width-wise and seal the edge with your fingers.
  11. Place the roll seam side down in the center of the greased parchment.
  12. Wrap the roll in the parchment making sure not to wrap too tight.
  13. Twist the edges to seal.
  14. Wrap the entire package loosely in foil.
  15. Place the wrapped package on a cooling rack set inside a baking sheet.
  16. Place the baking sheet in the oven and pour hot water in the pan making sure the water does not touch the foil.
  17. Bake for 45 minutes.
  18. Carefully remove from the oven and gently pull back the foil and parchment.
  19. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving with lemon zest, and dollop of greek yogurt or splash of cream.

For the Blackberry Jam:

  1. Combine the fruit, sugar and pectin. 
  2. To adjust sweetness to your preference, adjust the amount of sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil in a large sauce pot, stirring to dissolve the sugar. 
  4. Boil, stirring constantly, for about two minutes. 
  5. Transfer to a jar or bowl and allow to cool completely.


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