Recipe: Summer berry labneh roulade

The perfect celebration bake - with a Middle Eastern twist

  • place PRE 20 minutes
  • place COOK 7 - 9 minutes
  • place SERVES 8
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What’s more English than a Swiss roll filled with seasonal berries? We’ve given it a Middle Eastern twist with citrus zest and by adding labneh to the whipped cream. Mini meringues give the feel of an Eton-mess.


  • Preheat oven to 175°C (fan). Line a 30cm x 20cm tin with baking parchment and lightly grease the paper.

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer or with electric beaters, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt on high speed for 3 minutes, until they are lightly frothy. Gradually add the sugar (a tablespoon at a time) while mixing on high and continue mixing on high until the mixture is frothy, glossy and thick.

  • Stop the mixer, sift in the flour and baking powder, and gently fold in together. Finally, gently fold in the zest.

  • Spread evenly on the paper and bake 7-9 minutes until the cake is lightly browned and springy to the touch.

  • Scatter the top of the cake with icing sugar and place a clean tea towel on top. Keeping the baking paper on the underside of the cake and the tea towel on top, gently roll it into a log – this will ensure no cracks in the finished cake.

  • Make the filling: mix the labneh, sugar and orange zest in a bowl. Add the cream and beat on high with electric beaters until a uniform consistency and firm enough to hold in the cake. Avoid over mixing — the cream should be smooth but not solid.

  • Once the cake is completely cool, gently unroll and turn it over so the baking paper is on the top. Gently peel it off — the side that touched the paper is where you’ll spread your filling.

  • Carefully spread the filling to the edges, and scatter with crushed meringues and some berries.

  • Turn so the long side is facing you and roll along the long side into a tight log.

  • Just beore serving, dust the top with icing sugar and scatter with fresh berries and a few mini meringues or shards of crushed meringue – if you wish.

Shiri and Amir are co-founders and chefs at The Black Cow, Camden.

Instagram: theblackcowcamden


For the roulade:
3 large eggs (at room temperature)
100g caster sugar
100g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
Zest of ½ orange
Zest of ½ lemon

For the mousse filling:
450g labneh (store bought or better – home made)
300ml double cream
90g caster sugar
Zest of one orange

For assembly:
Mini meringues (about a handful) shop-bought are perfectly fine
150g – 200g fresh berries (a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or one type)
2 tbsp icing sugar plus 1 tsp to serve

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