Monday, November 23, 2009

We're on a roll now

One day at work I had brought in a cooking magazine and Bob (I've spoken of him many times- I spoil him almost as much as my own husband) saw a pumpkin roll and asked if I could make one of those. I said I would but couldn't find the magazine again. Hmmm, might be time to go through and recycle some. To my delight, Monica at Lick the Bowl Good had posted a pumpkin recipe and had a link to other pumpkin recipes and I found her pumpkin roll. This is my first attempt at a cake roll. I thought aesthetically it didn't look too pretty, but I had 4 people ask if I would make it again. Monica-how do I get it to be not so.....damp? It was a moist cake, but really damp on top too. Your picture looks like a nice DRY top cake. I know the powdered sugar was part of the culprit, but dang it was wet! Probably me just be a newbie at this.

Pumpkin Roll by Monica H. at Lick the Bowl Good

1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves (I used nutmeg-no cloves in house)
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin, not pie mix)

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
6 TBSP butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
extra powdered sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 15x10 jelly roll pan. Line with wax paper and grease and flour wax paper. Generously sprinkle cotton dish towel with powdered sugar. Use like a flour sack type towel so no grooves or fibers get into the cake. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Beat in pumpkin the stir in dry ingredients. Spread evenly in pan and bake 13 to 15 minutes, until the top springs back when touched. Loosen cake and immediately turn out onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off wax paper and roll up in towel, starting on short end. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely. When cake is cooled, make filling. Beat the cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake, taking care to not crack it. Spread with filling, wrap in plastic wrap and store in fridge at least one hour. When serving, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if desired.

As I am typing the instructions it occurred to me that I think I forgot to flour the greased wax paper. Could that have caused the top to get so sticky?

I think for my first attempt it turned out pretty good. It can only get better the more often I try.

Thanks Monica for a great recipe and for my baking gift that arrived on Saturday-I can't wait to put it to good use!


Monica H said...
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Monica H said...

It doesn't look wet to me, in fact that slice of the roll looks fantastic and it reminds me of how good this roll is and the reason why I make it.

I'm not sure why it was wet, because I haven't made it in a while. I did add a ton of powdered sugar to the towel before rolling it up and it stayed that way til it was completely cool, and the sugar got crusty. Perhaps it was the lack of flour on the waxed paper since it helps absorb the moisture, but I'm not really sure.

Looks like you'll be making 4 more times so you'll get plenty of practice :-)

I think I'm going to make this again this year, thanks for giving it a try. And enjoy your gift!

xoxo, Monica

Monica H said...

BTW, email about your link problem because I'm not sure I understand. I'll try and help you as best I can.

HoneyB said...

The first time I made a cake roll I was surprised at how easy it was. Not to mention they are super yummy! We always make pumpkin roll for Christmas now! Your slice looks de-lic-ious!

Donna-FFW said...

It looks gorgeous Tamilyn. I have wanted to try Monicas pumpkin roll for a while. Great job! Bet Bob was thrilled:)

Dawn said...

good job Tam! you're rocking 'n rolling baby! keep it up.

Cheryl said...

Ohh my gawd! I am so jealous, I tried to make one and it totally fell apart. I agree with Monica, this looks like perfection to me!

Pam said...

Yum. I think it looks really tasty and pretty!

A Year on the Grill said...

This is beautiful! and I love the idea of "long" order cooking for the office staff... too funny

Was it nervy for him to ask, or did you feel honored that he figured you had the skills and desire to please (as all ggod cooks have)