I have for some time wanted to get hold of an English translation of the IKEA cookbook. On my recent pilgrimage to the Blue and Yellow Institute For Protracted Shopping Perambulation, I found it!
The photography is delightful. The double-page spreads alternate between a shot of the ingredients (with a list on the side) and the final product with the method.
There are 30 recipes for baking, mostly cookies but also others including three superb-looking gateaus at the end. The recipes are simple, straightforward and do not require an endless number of odd ingredients. The methods are also simple, making it a very attractive book to have in my kitchen for the younger folk to work from.
Our first attempt was the Swiss Roll. It's filling is mushed fresh strawberries (although you can substitute jam if you need to) and it is clean and simple but sweet. It has a very quick cooking time - 5 minutes in a hot oven - so it's one you could whip up at short notice. Here's a shot of ours and below is the recipe. I bet you already have the ingredients in the cupboard.
200 ml castor sugar
200 ml plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50 ml milk
50 ml jam or pulped fruit (we mushed a punnet of strawberries and it was definitely worth it)
1. Preheat your oven to 250C. Line a roasting tray with baking paper. You don't need a special tray - we literally used our blackened roasting tray and whacked in a sheet of baking paper without even doing the fancy corners.
2. Beat the eggs and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Sift together flour and baking powder and then fold into egg mixture.
4. Tip in the milk and fold in.
5. Pour mixture into pan and pop in the oven on the bottom rack for 5 minutes. I opened the oven after 5 minutes and decided the oven hadn't been hot enough and I'd give it an extra 5. I was wrong. I had to cut off a nasty scorch from the base of mine. It really doesn't need more than 5 if your oven is hot.
6. Do not cool in tin but immediately sprinkle a little sugar over the top and then flip on to a sheet of baking paper.
7. Remove the layer of paper from the top and, while it's still warm, spread on the fruit (or jam). Then you can roll it up and stand on a pretty plate with the end of the roll down.