Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Roll

This is my husband's new favorite dessert.

The great thing about these rolled cakes, is they look so fancy, but are very simple to make.

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Now grease a 10x15x1 inch bar pan.

Place a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper over the pan, and grease it as well.

In a mixing bowl, measure out 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Stir it all together.

In another mixing bowl, add 1 cup sugar

and 3 eggs

Beat them together with a mixer.

Now add 2/3 cup solid packed cooked pumpkin, mix.

Now add the flour mixture.

Mix well.

Be sure to scrape the bowl, so that everything combines.

Spread the mixture in the bar pan.

Nice and even.

Now bake it for about 15-16 minutes, or until in springs back when touched with your finger.

While it is baking, lay a linen (non-fuzzy) dish towel on your counter, and dust it well with powdered sugar.

When the cake is done baking, run a spatula or butter knife along the edge, to make sure nothing stuck.

Now carefully flip the hot cake out onto the sugared dish towel.

And pull off the parchment or wax paper.

Now gently roll the cake up, starting on the shorter end, dish towel and all.

Let the cake cool, rolled-up, on a cooling rack, until completely cool.

When your cake is completely cool, you will make the filling.

First, run about 1/4 cup pecans through a food processor to make them very fine.

Now in a mixing bowl, place 8 ounces of cream cheese and 6 Tablespoons butter - both room temperature.

Beat them together until they are fluffy.

Sift in 1 cup powdered sugar.

Beat again, until combined.

Then mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla

Try not to eat the whole bowl.

It is tempting.

Now gently unroll your cake.

Spread your filling all over the cake.

Next sprinkle those fine pecans all over the top.

Gently roll the cake back up, leaving the dish towel out this time, of course. You can use the towel to lift the cake though, it makes it easier.

Set your roll on a platter, seam-side down.

Cover it with plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge for a few hours or over night.

Now.....when the roll is well-chilled....
Give it a light dusting with powdered sugar

And slice it up.

Heaven on a plate.

Printable Version: Pumpkin Roll