Jam Roly Poly


 Jam roly-poly, shirt-sleeve pudding, dead man's arm or dead man's leg is a traditional British pudding probably first created in the early 19th century. 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, 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 remembered part of their childhood.

Jamm Roly Poly
Serves: 4 - 6


  • 250g Self-raising flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 125g Shredded Suet
  • Water
  • 4 Tablespoons of Raspberry Jam (warmed)
  • Milk
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • Caster Sugar



Pre-heat the oven to Gas 6, 200 centigrade. Start by sifting the flour into a bowl with the salt. Add the suet and enough water to create a soft but not too sticky dough.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 20 x 30 centimetre rectangle. Brush the rolled out dough with the warmed raspberry jam leaving a 1 centimetre border around the edge. Brush the border with with milk and fold over all around. Roll the rectangle towards you from the short side but not too tightly. Place on a greased baking sheet with the seal side downwards. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with caster sugar.

Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes until golden. Dust with with a little more caster sugar.

Ready Prepared
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