The Swiss Roll: A Delicious Journey through its History and Flavor


The Swiss roll, an iconic dessert with European roots, celebrates its history and flavor at Pan del Paxu bakery.

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Who could resist the temptation of a slice of Swiss roll, that rolled cake filled with cream, fruits, or chocolate, which seems to have been designed to satisfy all our senses? From its soft texture to its irresistible taste, the Swiss roll has been a favorite on dessert tables around the world. But did you know that this sweet treat has a fascinating history? Let's take a look at the story behind this charming delicacy and some of its most delicious variations.

Origins of the Swiss Roll

The Swiss roll, known by different names in various regions, has historical roots dating back to 19th-century Europe. Its name comes from its shape, which resembles the sleeve of a shirt, as gypsies used to wear in those days. Although its exact origin is a mystery, it is believed to have developed in Spain or France before spreading throughout the European continent.

Ingredients and Variants

The traditional Swiss roll is made from a sheet of sponge cake, which is rolled with a choice of filling, often custard, whipped cream, or jam. However, over the years, numerous variations of this dessert have been developed. Some of the most popular ones include chocolate Swiss roll, filled with chocolate ganache and nuts, or strawberry Swiss roll, with a layer of fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

An International Sweet

The Swiss roll has earned a special place in the world of pastries. In Portugal, it is known as "Rolo de Torta" and is served at celebrations and festivities. In Japan, it has been adapted as the "Swiss Roll," with matcha and green tea variations. In Argentina, it is called "Pionono" and is filled with dulce de leche or whipped cream.

The Swiss Roll at Pan del Paxu

At Pan del Paxu, we take pride in offering a version of the Swiss roll that celebrates tradition and flavor. Our master bakers have perfected this recipe over the years, combining fresh ingredients and artisan techniques to provide you with a Swiss roll that will keep you coming back for more. You can find it in different flavors and sizes, perfect for sharing with friends and family or enjoying on your own.


The Swiss roll is more than just a dessert; it is a delicious time capsule that connects us to the past and allows us to explore the world through our taste buds. Its fascinating history and endless variations make this sweet treat a treasure in global pastry. At Pan del Paxu, we are committed to keeping this tradition alive and offering you the best flavors of this exquisite delicacy.

So the next time you find yourself at our bakery, don't hesitate to try a slice of Swiss roll. We invite you to immerse yourself in its history and enjoy a piece of sweet nostalgia with every bite. We hope you'll join us on this journey of taste and tradition!

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