South African Roly-Poly Baked Dessert

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins

Keep this recipe for cold days! Everone loves it, and in South Africa it is a traditional favourite. You must have this at hand, as it is easy and quick and a delight, served as is or with ice cream or custard. Please note that I did two step-by-step photographs, which you'll find if you click on "photos". One shows how to roll up the dough, and the 2nd what the pudding and sauce look like before going into the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius.
  2. Grease a suitable oven dish, like a rectangular Pyrex dish.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and rub in the butter. (Can be done in a processor, also the next step).
  4. Add the beaten eggs, and then just enough milk, tablespoon by tablespoon, to make a fairly firm dough.
  5. It's easy to watch in the processor: as soon as a firm ball forms which is not sticky, but soft, the dough is ready.
  6. Roll the dough out quite thinly -- on a surface sprinkled with flour -- and form a rectangle, by cutting off bits and adding it on again -- you know how.
  7. Spread the dough with apricot jam.
  8. From one of the LONG sides, roll it up like a swiss roll.
  9. Cut this roll into 1 inch slices, using a serrated knife such as a bread knife. The jam WILL ooze out.
  10. Pack the slices, cut sides up, closely together, in the greased dish. Scoop the jam which oozed out on the surface you used, and just plonk back on to these rolls.
  11. In a pot, mix the boiling water (from your kettle), sugar, butter and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves.
  12. With a tablespoon, ladle evenly over the slices of pudding, but beware: you will have more sauce than the baking dish can take. Usually you'll be left with about 3/4 cup. KEEP IT.
  13. Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes.
  14. When the sizzling pudding comes out of the oven, carefully pour the extra sauce over the centre slices: I find that, when baking, the sauce tends to pool on the sides.
  15. Now the hot pudding will absorb much of the leftover sauce in seconds. Use as much or as little as you like.
  16. Serve hot, with custard, ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.


Most Helpful

Just made this for the second time to thank my South African friend for helping me with my car. This time I made it with seedless raspberry jam. WOW! I know the apricot jam is traditional but was it GOOD! And much appreciated by my friend. Thanks again, Zurie, for this great recipe and all your advice. :)

dmsgrl January 21, 2014

Normally I avoid things I have to roll out, but this recipe kept calling my name... LOL! It turned out to be totally simple, as well as delicious. DH insists it's a FIVE! I only wish I'd had ice cream on hand, in which case it would be a ten. My only problem was with the size of the pan, as it wasn't specified. I used a Le Creuset about 7x10 and it was a bit too big. Will definitely make this again, perhaps experimenting with other types of jam. But it is delicious exactly as written. The dough is very easy to work with, though I did refrigerate it for about 30 mintues before rolling, as it is so hot and humid here. Thanks for posting, Zurie! Made in memory of Gideon, Zurie's DH.

Jostlori January 17, 2014

This is an effect recipe! My husband suggested to prepare this for my parents during the christmas days again. Your mother's rolls are so delicious... and they look so wonderful!

awalde November 17, 2010

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