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Jam roly poly - why the tray of water?

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marmitedoughnut Thu 18-Apr-19 06:38:48

Fancy making a jam roly poly so have been looking at recipes online - pretty much all of them state to wrap the pudding in parchment paper and then foil and to cook in the oven above a tray of hot water.

What's the point of this? surely if it's wrapped in foil (and sealed) the steam from the water won't do anything.

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hugoagogo Thu 18-Apr-19 06:44:57

That's how you steam it, just like Christmas pudding.
The steam doesn't need to get into the foil, it just cooks the pud more gently than just baking.

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