Swiss pastries for the jolly days

Take a slab of cake, smear some cream on it, roll it and eat it. The regular Swiss rolls are no longer dull and uninspiring. We found these modern-day creations that will keep you swirling around for more.

Time to move on from vanilla and chocolate

PURSUIT OF AN EXTRAORDINARY ROLL

May Ong & Kelly Sim / 13 June 2018

So you’ve got a lazy afternoon to spare and a craving to appease. Wait no longer, we scour the heartlands to find a smorgasbord of unconventional Swiss rolls that will delight the sweet tooth. From Earl Grey Sweet Potato to Thai Milk Tea, dainty cafes have reinvented the flavours of the usual cream-filled pastry. It’s time to bade goodbye to the same old. Your regular staple for the afternoon tea just isn’t the same anymore.

We scour the island to find the most creamy Swiss rolls! With more cream than sponge, we don't think you can or should resist! Take a bite!
Asanoya Boulangerie - Queen Street

Asanoya Boulangerie, Queen Street
Earl Grey Sweet Potato Swiss Roll & Charcoal Swiss Roll

It’s light and fluffy, but also filled with substance that’s creamy yet bursting with texture. The Earl Grey Sweet Potato Swiss Roll ($3.20) is here to challenge your palate – it’s a lot to digest, we agree, but it’s worth a try.

But if that’s not enough for you, have yourself a piece of Charcoal Swiss Roll ($3.50) that comes in a colour as deep as your soul. The sharp contrast between its cream pasture and an ebony frame would make a good Instagram photo, by the way.

Asanoya Boulangerie - Charcoal Swiss Roll
Dulcet & Studio - Liang Court

Dulcet & Studio, Liang Court
Matcha Swiss Roll & Vanilla Cream Puff

Our choice for the ideal tea time snack – a harmonious marriage between Japanese and European methods, materialised in the form of a dinky Matcha Swiss Roll ($4.80). Pair the treat with citrus tea for a sour kick to balance those grassy notes. Besides, the acidic environment also increases the absorption of antioxidants present in matcha. Double score!

And if you’re up for a fluffy token that is richer in flavour, treat yourself a Vanilla Cream Puff ($2.80). Imagine velvety goodness oozing out of the delicate cake exterior – there’s simply no reason to give this a miss.

Dulcet & Studio - Matcha Swiss Roll & Vanilla Cream Puff
The Plain Jane - Serangoon Avenue 4

The Plain Jane, Serangoon Avenue 4
Thai Milk Tea Swiss Roll & Peaches & Cream Swiss Roll

There’s no better way to spend your lazy afternoon in a homely cafe nestled in a quiet neighbourhood. Take your own sweet time to savour the Thai Milk Tea Swiss Roll ($5.90), and let your senses slowly unpack the layers of black tea and sweetened milk, an iconic flavour of the traditional Thai milk tea.

Alternatively, you can opt for a lighter yet aromatic Peaches and Cream Swiss Roll ($6.90). Smoothly textured and delicately filled with peach-flavoured cream, the fruity number is a refreshing take on traditional jam-filled swiss rolls.

The Plain Jane - Thai Milk Tea Swiss Roll & Peaches & Cream Swiss Roll
Naomi Kitchen - Serangoon Central

Naomi Kitchen, Serangoon Central
Black Sesame Swiss Roll & Durian Swiss Roll

There, we’ve got another black knight on the table, but it’s not Oreo. The Black Sesame Swiss Roll ($1.40), lets you roll back the clock and relish in the traditional black sesame pastries your grandma used to make.

And with that economical price tag of Naomi Kitchen’s dinky Swiss rolls, there’s definitely space (both in your wallet and stomach) for another go. Try the Durian Swiss Roll ($1.40), where the king of the fruits is here to trump the other Swiss rolls in a competition of strength. There’s definitely no doubt on this one.

Here’s everything you need to be like the cat that got the cream, literally.

Naomi Kitchen - Black Sesame Swiss Roll & Durian Swiss Roll

All you need to go on a roll

Cream & Sponge

Roll in the bowl, dough in the jowl. Frolic in the creek and treat yourself sweet.

$3.50 for Charcoal Swiss Roll at Asanoya Boulangerie.
$3.20 for Earl Grey Sweet Potato Swiss Roll at Asanoya Boulangerie
$4.80 for Matcha Swiss Roll at Dulcet & Studio.
$2.80 for Vanilla Cream Puff at Dulcet & Studio.
$5.90 for Thai Milk Tea Swiss Roll at The Plain Jane.
$6.90 for Peaches and Cream Swiss Roll at The Plain Jane.
$1.40 for Black Sesame Swiss Roll at Naomi Kitchen.
$1.40 for Durian Swiss Roll at Naomi Kitchen.

Asanoya Boulangerie: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Daily)
Dulcet & Studio: 8.30 a.m. – 9.45 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 8.30 a.m. – 10.45 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 8.30 a.m. – 9.15 p.m. (Sunday)
The Plain Jane: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday), 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Naomi Kitchen: 9 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. (Daily)

Asanoya Boulangerie: 15 Queen Street
Dulcet & Studio: Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road
The Plain Jane: 221 Serangoon Ave 4
Naomi Kitchen: 246 Serangoon Central

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