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Budapest Roll

If you’re a fan of Yule logs and pumpkin rolls, taste my Swedish specialty made from hazelnut meringue. People are in awe every time I bring it somewhere. —Catherine Walbridge, Boise, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup finely ground hazelnuts
  • 6 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  • Let egg whites stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine nuts and pudding mix. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with parchment.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in nut mixture.
  • Pipe meringue in long strips or spread over prepared pan until entire pan is covered. Bake until set and dry, about 20 minutes. Cool completely. Cover meringue with parchment; place another baking pan on top. Flip the pans. Remove top pan; carefully peel parchment from meringue.
  • Beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread cream over meringue and top with oranges; roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side and peeling parchment away while rolling.
  • Microwave chocolate on high until melted, stirring occasionally. Drizzle melted chocolate over meringue roll.
Editor’s Note: Make this recipe your own by using 1 cup maraschino cherries, chocolate chips or toasted nuts in place of the oranges.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Letting the egg whites stand at room temp helps them whip up with lots of volume, crucial for a light, fluffy meringue. Because it's easier to separate eggs when they are cold, however, it's best to do the separating before letting the whites stand.
  • Try lightly toasting the hazelnuts to bring out their delicious flavor. Make sure they are fully cool before folding them in.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 256 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.