Thursday, April 7, 2011

Taste of Home: Guy Klinzing {Lemon Jelly Roll}

Yesterday I got to live a day in the life of my dream job.

Guy Klinzing, an amazing chef with a great sense of humor, came to conduct the Taste of Home Cooking Show in my hometown last night.  I got to do all the behind the scenes work and it was suh-weeet.

Guy is from Chicago and not only does he work with the Taste of Home, he's also an actor, singer, father, and puts on a hell of a cooking show!  If you get a chance to go watch him, please do!  As he says, he'll "do anything to keep an audience from getting bored," and I can attest to that.  He's a very silly guy.

I learned so much from Guy yesterday.  The whole morning was spent prepping recipes for the evening and it went by so quickly.  We prepped 10 recipes that Guy showed the audience how to prepare later that night.  After helping with that, I really want to do it as a career.  I think it would be so fun to meet new people and share with them something I'm passionate about.  Plus, the days go by so quickly.  Buuut, that's just me dreamin'!

"Guy Fieri" was there, too... haha!

Although Guy gave us many delicious recipes, the one that I was most partial to was the Lemon Jelly Roll (plus it's the one I helped make).  I do NOT know how to work with egg whites.  Seriously... I've tried recipe after recipe with egg whites and they've all been failures.  Guy taught me yesterday to freeze your bowl first and use warm egg whites.  You can imagine how excited I was yesterday when, on my first attempt, the egg whites formed soft peaks.  He also said that if your egg whites aren't forming right, just add a little bit of cream of tartar.  See, I told you I learned a lot!!  This cake was aweeesommmee!!  So light and fluffy and the lemon flavor was perfect.  Definitely a spring/summer recipe.

Lemon Jelly Roll
Taste of Home


  • 9 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • Yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Place the egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; lightly coat paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add vanilla and cream of tartar to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in flour, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Carefully spread batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the heat. Gently stir in lemon juice, peel and food coloring if desired. Cool to room temperature without stirring.
  • Unroll cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place seam side down on a serving plate; sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar. Yield: 10 servings.
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    1. this looks delicious! what a fun experience you had! :D

    2. What a great opportunity! Looks like an amazing time. Plus, to get a recipe for a lemon roll that looks that delicious is an added bonus!

    3. What a fun day & night, you must have learned so much!

    4. That egg white tip -- I am SO EXCITED. I am a total failure at recipes involving egg whites too! Cannot WAIT to try it out.

    5. Ah fun! I'm so excited for you! Btw, you don't have to can make it a reality :) Wait let me rephrase that..I know you WILL make it a reality because obviously you rock. Oh and can I have your hurr, please and thanks?! So glad you got this experience! You deserve it.

    6. That is SO exciting that you got to meet Guy Klinzing!!! He's a legend!!! What an amazing experience. And such a great recipe... so glad the egg whites worked out for you with the new tip. Delicious!

    7. That looks like a really fun time! Lemon roll is a favorite, looks amazing!

    8. What a fun day!

      And that looks awesome. I love lemon recipes, and that is so unique!

    9. What a fun day! Wow!

      This cake looks amazing...I love a good lemon recipe!

    10. How exciting!! I'm sooo jelly of your awesome experience. Love the lemon roll, yum :D

    11. Katie that's so cool!!! I am so happy you got to do this! Ohh and that jelly roll, nice! Why don't we make more jelly rolls anyway?

      Printing your recipe! Thanks.


    12. In our family, we call a day like that, "livin' the dream!" Sounds like a wonderful experience! I have always wanted to attempt one of those type rolls, but have been too chicken. Maybe...

      blessings ~ tanna

    13. congrats on the job!! my sister would die to have one like it...i love lemons and that roll llooks AWEsome.

    14. A lemon jelly roll? Yes please!!!!!!

    15. Hi Katie! My first time on your blog :) Lucky you to even have a peek of behind-the-scenes and prepping the work too! Nice! The lemon jelly looks absolutely delicious~

    16. Katie,
      You are beyond ADORABLE!! So glad to discover YOUR blog. Glad you had a blast with the top chefs! And that cake looks awesome. You are quite the baker. :)

    17. That looks so yummy! My father-in-law loves lemony desserts-I can't wait to make it for him! I think when you reach your eighties you should get to eat whatever the heck you want...right!? Why not! I think I'll just give him the whole darn thing with a giant fork! Great post! Thanks!

    18. What a day you had! It sounds like a blast and the cake looks delightful. Perfect for spring. I am a sucker for jelly roll cakes. I think you just prompted me to add that to my TO DO list!

    19. Things I adore: lemon desserts and fluffy dessert, and people having a fun time. Tick tick tick!

    20. What a fun experience!! The cake looks delish too :)

    21. Oh my goodness that is AWESOME that you got to be apart of that!! I think I would have no problem having a career like that too!! :)

    22. That looks so good - I've never seen a lemon roll before!

      Now, to come up with a recipe to use the yolks:)

    23. Katie, you are adorable & this event looks like a blast! The lemon jelly roll looks amazing. Uplifting & fun post :)

    24. What a fun event! The jelly roll looks so delish.

    25. how cool that you got to meet guy! he's one of my favorites! this looks like sunshine on a plate, i love lemon baked goods.

    26. That is so cool - both your day with the 'stars' and that gorgeous lemon roll. It looks delicious! Lemon is my favorite flavored dessert after chocolate.

    27. what a cool experience! looks like fun (and yummy too)

    28. You look like you had a wonderful time, Katie and certainly it would be a lot of fun to participate in such an event.

      I'd love some of that lemon roll by the way!!! It looks so good and I can almost taste it just lookin' at the picture. :)

      I'm probably gonna dream of your lemon roll tonight! It'll be sweet dreams for sure! :)

    29. What an amazing job...that would have been so cool! I'm completely jealous, haha. The lemon filling is definitely not something I would have thought of, and it sounds delicious!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    30. I had no idea about the egg whites either! I haven't really worked with them in that way, so good to know for future recipes! Your cake looks delish!

    31. That sounds like a great experience!
      Thanks for the nice comment on my blog, I'm really happy to discover yours which is full of nice stories and delicious recipes. See you soon!

    32. What a wonderful adventure, Katie! And what great sounding food. Now that you've got the egg-white thing down, you'll find beaten egg-whites are useful for all sorts of things. (Wait till you see the fluff they give your pancakes!)


    33. Whoa what a seriously awesome gig! Guy Fieri, some egg white tips, and a delicious lemon jelly roll...what more could a girl ask for?

    34. Looks like you had so much fun! And this lemon jelly roll looks seriously amazing.

    35. Hi Katie!

      So nice stopping by to visit you and your sweet place here! I have been perusing your posts and stopped here because your cake looks so good!!!

      My oldest grandson LOVES lemon and a couple of weeks ago, I made a lemon jelly roll for him. The cake part is a little different from your recipe but the filling is similar. I have a post all ready to post but after receiving a negative comment on my last food post, I feel nervous posting it.

      So exciting to read about your day and see the photos with the Taste of Home Cooking Show! What fun!

      Looking forward to visiting again!
      Kindly, Lorraine

    36. hi lorraine!!
      i'm so glad that you like my blog and thank you for your kind words.
      i am interested in seeing your recipe! i think you should post it! i don't understand why people post rude comments. it's absolutely pointless!
      let me know when you get it posted, i would love to read it!

    37. I am going to have to try the lemon roll! Looks yummy!!

    38. This looks delicious! I have been looking for lemon recipes!


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