Lemon-Coconut Matzo Jelly Roll

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
1 hr 20 min
30 min

8 to 10 servings

  • For the cake:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/3 cup kosher potato starch, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup matzo meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, for serving (optional)
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the cake: Brush a rimmed 11-by-17-inch baking sheet with vegetable oil and line with parchment paper. Oil the parchment and dust with potato starch, tapping out any excess.

  • Spread the coconut on a separate baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Finely grind all but 1/4 cup coconut in a food processor; add the matzo meal and process until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the potato starch and salt.

  • Combine 1/4 cup vegetable oil with the lemon zest and juice in a bowl; set aside. Put the eggs in their shells in a bowl and cover with hot tap water; let stand 5 minutes. Crack the eggs into a bowl; add the granulated sugar and beat with a mixer on medium-low speed until combined, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until thick and fluffy, 12 minutes. Fold the egg mixture into the matzo meal mixture with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in the lemon-oil mixture until just combined. Spread the batter on the baking sheet; bake until the cake is golden and springs back when pressed, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 5 minutes in the pan; run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen.

  • Dust a kitchen towel with confectioners' sugar and invert the cake onto the towel. Peel off the parchment. Starting with a long side, carefully roll up the cake, using the towel to help you. Wrap the towel tightly around the rolled cake and let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

  • Make the frosting: Put the egg whites, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice, and salt in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water); whisk until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pan and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until thick, glossy and cool, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Assemble the cake: Unroll the cooled cake and spread with the raspberry jam. Reroll the cake, cover with the frosting and top with the reserved 1/4 cup coconut. Serve with raspberries.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos

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