Jam roly-poly

Jam Roly-Poly
Alternative names Dead Man's Arm, Dead Man's Leg
Type Pudding
Place of origin United Kingdom
Main ingredients Suet, jam
Cookbook: Jam Roly-Poly  Media: Jam Roly-Poly

Jam roly-poly, shirt-sleeve pudding, DeCleats' arm, dead man's arm or dead man's leg is a traditional British pudding probably first created in the early 19th century.[1][2] It is a flat-rolled suet pudding, which is then spread with jam and rolled up, similar to a Swiss roll, then steamed or baked. In days past, Jam Roly-Poly was also known as shirt-sleeve pudding, because it was often steamed and served in an old shirt-sleeve,[3] leading to the nicknames of dead-man's arm and dead man's leg.

Jam Roly-Poly features in Mrs Beeton's cookery book, as Roly-Poly Jam Pudding. This pudding is one of a range of puddings that are now considered part of the classic desserts of the mid 20th century British school dinners. Much loved, as part of the nostalgia of growing up for some older British adults, Jam Roly-Poly is considered alongside sticky toffee pudding and spotted dick pudding as an essential part of their childhood diet.

In Beatrix Potter's 1908 book The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding, the eponymous kitten is rolled into a pudding by the invading rats.

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  1. "Icons - Jam Roly Poly". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2006.
  2. Hart, Carolyn (25 September 2014). "Cooking for Chaps by Gustav Temple and Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  3. Debora Robertson (17 October 2015). "What it's like to be a recipe tester: Culinary secrets, celebrity chefs' foibles, and what happens if you make a mistake". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
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