Boston Strong Deco Jelly Roll
When I was growing up, there were two things my mother would bake if we had company. It was cream puffs (profiteroles) or a jelly roll. I can see why each recipe would have intrigued my mother - 1) There are minimal ingredients - eggs, a small amount of sugar, butter (we used margarine) and flour. 2) You only needed one pan and 3) you bake it for 7-9 minutes and take it out of the oven and it's basically done!
Here in Massachusetts, the third Monday of April is Patriots' Day. Patriots' Day is an official state holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. ( thanks Wikapedia!) It is also known as "Marathon Monday" because it's the day of the Boston Marathon. In 2013 there was a bombing that happened near the finish line that was devastating to so many people. What happened after with the "Boston Strong" campaign was very uplifting and made you proud to be a Bostonian. There is a simple logo that I found on Pinterest that depicts a few Boston buildings that I really liked. I took that design and added two more buildings to it to give it a new twist on my jelly roll. I took the principles of the Japanese deco jelly roll and applied them to this design.
Back in those days we didn't have a Kitchen Aid mixer. I don't even remember having a hand mixer. But we had a whisk! And I remember loving to whip the egg whites by hand and watch something slimy and clear magically turn into something fluffy and white. And then the egg yolks turned from bright orange to a light pastel yellow. For this go around, I definitely used my Kitchen Aid mixer! I filled the jelly roll with a strained mix of blueberry preserves and strawberry jelly.
On this quirky holiday/Marathon Monday, we will enjoy watching the runners compete and support each other regardless if they finish the race and we remember all the heroes that made us all proud to be Boston Strong. And I remember the simple yet tasty jelly roll of my youth with a modern twist.