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Jam roly-poly

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 40
From Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels
The Hairy Bikers' classic nursery pudding feeds 40 in this simple recipe. Serve with custard.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6.

  2. Place the flour, sugar and suet into a bowl and mix thoroughly.

  3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture then gradually add enough water to make a soft dough. Knead lightly until smooth then divide into five portions of equal weight.

  4. Turn each portion of dough onto a floured surface and roll out to an oblong about 1cm/½in thick. Spread about one fifth of the jam on the pastry leaving a 1cm/½in border.

  5. Roll up from the long side into a pinwheel, seal the ends well with a little water and place onto a greased baking sheet with the seal downwards. Brush with a little of the milk.

  6. Repeat with the remaining dough and jam, using another greased baking tray if necessary. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.


  • 1.375/3lb 3oz self-raising flour
  • 200g/7oz caster sugar
  • 550g/1lb 4oz shredded suet
  • about 700ml/1¼ pint water
  • 375g/13oz strawberry jam
  • 50ml/2fl oz whole milk

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Jam roly-poly

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Dairy, eggs and chilled


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