My family and I keep in touch via video call almost daily. That way, I get updated with the latest going ons over on their side or they would tempt me with the delicious food they are enjoying. It had been months since my family kept singing praises over a particular type of swiss roll. Well, it is not the ordinary cake as it consists of durian which you either love or detest. Durian is one of my favourite fruits and I get to enjoy it only when it is in season. Anyway, my mom first told me about the Durian Swiss Roll (榴莲瑞士卷), raving about its deliciousness yet without being overpowering sweet and its pleasant aroma. My sister, who really dislikes durian readily seconded my mom's opinion and even went on to describe the texture of the luscious and creamy durian that was spread on the swiss roll. I feel frustrated not being able to actually taste it and could only allow my imagination to run wild.
As a Malaysian living abroad, I always try to recreate Asian food with their authentic flavours using ingredients that I can get my hands on. Thus, in this case, I found some frozen durian and recreated this delectable cake that my mom and sister had been raving about.
The goal of this recipe is to get a soft and light Swiss Roll with perfect whipped cream like those sold at most Asian bakeries. Organic eggs work great in Swiss Roll recipes as they do not have a strong icky smell. For those who are living in Germany, I am using 405 wheat flour which is equivalent to the normal cake flour in other countries.
I used a cake pan which is 33 x 23 cm but if you like to have a thicker Swiss Roll cake, I would suggest that a slightly shorter cake pan is used. For example, a cake pan of size 27 x 23 cm would be perfect. In both cases, you would still have a fluffy light cake. Please note that it must be cooled to room temperature before spreading a layer of durian/whipped cream on it. If not, you may end up with a watery creamy mess!
Besides durian, I had also experimented using fresh mangoes and strawberries when they were in season. The results were really great too. Feel free to come up with your creation using the fruit you love. I am sure you will be just as amazed.