Friday, November 5, 2010

Pumpkin Rolls and A Birthday Wish

I made five of these pumpkin rolls the other day. I always make them ahead of time and then place them in the freezer until the holidays arrive. It just gives the flavors more time to mingle all together.
If you have never tried making homemade pumpkin rolls then you should give it a try. It's not just takes a little time! 
I make 5 of them at once because if you buy a large can of pumpkin that is what it will result in and you can always find takers on these. Trust me!

Pumpkin Rolls

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

8 oz. cream cheese
3 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

In mixing bowl, beat eggs on high for 3 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients (not the filling ingredients)and mix well.
Pour into a WELL greased 15X10X1 jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes at 350°.

While that is baking, get your tea towel and lay it out flat.
Sprinkle a little powdered sugar over the top of the tea towel to prevent the roll from sticking to the towel.
When finished cooking, immediately flip the baked cake onto the towel.
Sprinkle (dust) a little more powdered sugar onto the top of the cake.
Roll the cake along with the towel into a jelly roll. This has to be done while it is hot so that it doesn't crack and break.
See that crack - not perfect but it will still be tasty!
Set aside to cool completely.
Once cooled you will combine all filling ingredients and whip it till it is soft and smooth.
Unroll the pumpkin roll and spread with the filling.
Reroll (without the towel) and wrap in cling wrap.
Refrigerate and ENJOY!
Oh, and before serving I always dust the tops of the rolls with more powdered sugar just to make them a bit prettier.
If you want to freeze these like I do then you will wrap each roll in cling wrap and then wrap in freezer paper or tin foil and then freeze.
*I have to add a few hints to this recipe from the mistakes that I have made in the past.*
1. Use the correct size pan.
2. Grease the pan heavily so that the cake will just fall out after it has been baked.
3. Accept the fact that not all of them come out perfectly. That is why my finished rolls are marked with stars. The stars indicate to me that the roll is perfect in appearance with no cracks. Those rolls will go out to friends, family and co-workers. The ones that are less than perfect will be enjoyed right here at home.

Here at home things have been busy.
Just the usual with schooling, cooking and errands to be run. My oven died the day after making all those pumpkin rolls. Actually, it didn't die but it is overheating to 550° so I will be on the hunt of a new one this weekend.
Typically I'd jump on the chance to go out to eat since the oven isn't working however I laid a turkey out to defrost earlier in the week so it must be cooked.
I borrowed my mother's roasting oven so it's now cooking on top of the counter. I've just got to figure out a way to make stuffing and the other sides in the roaster too!
Wish me luck!

Speaking of wishing...I've got a birthday wish for someone.

I hope you enjoy your day!

and I hope everyone enjoys the weekend.


Carmen C. said...

Good luck with dinner:) Those rolls look delicious and just the start of the holiday eating *sigh* and the extra lbs, LOL!!!!

Trish-Ladybug said...

Love the Pumpkin Rolls, yummmy !!
so good... Thanks for Sharing...


Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Like to try the rolls only problem here in Australia we don't have tinned pumpkin, so what's a girl got to use? any suggestions Got a recipe for tinned pumpkin please.
So cannot do without an oven happy hunting.

Chuck Friend said...

Hi Jessica, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the birthday wishes and tell you I look forward to reading your post everyday. Thank You, Chuck

goatmilker said...

Thanks for telling that you have to roll the towel up in it. Maybe I would have had better luck if I knew that. Have a good night. Rebekah

Country Whispers said...

Rina...if you have fresh pumpkins available then you can bake them and make your own pumpkin puree to use in the rolls. Pioneer Woman has an excellent recipe for doing so.

Country Whispers said...

Chuck...You are very welcome and I do hope that you enjoyed your day!
Actually, there are still a few more hours left of the day so make the most of them!
Happy Birthday!

Country Whispers said...

Rebekah...I'm assuming that you have tried these before and that they didn't work out the best.
If so I know where you are coming from. I can't tell you how many flopped recipes I have made. I just chalk each and every one of them up to a learning experience.
Have a great weekend!

Patty Sumner said...

Pumpkins rolls look delicious! I enjoying baking those for the holiday season too. Blessings to you and yours!

West Side of Straight said...

Oh Jessica - this looks so good. I will need to try them. Then after thawed out, sliced they probably look pretty on a plate. What else do you suggest to serve with. A dolop of cool whip???
Or not? Love all your recipes you share with us. jo

Country Whispers said... could serve with a dollop of cool whip or just plain. could be like me on Thanksgiving..enjoy a thin slice of pumpkin roll as well as a small piece of pumpkin pie with cool whip. That way you get it ALL!
then you will need to go lay down because you have stuffed yourself to the limit.

Sandra said...

I tried to make a jelly roll just once and it cracked. I have never had the pumpkin roll, but I have heard how great they are and have wanted to try my hand at it. I'll try your recipe and let ya know how it turns out. Thanks for the hints too!

Mandie said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds fantastic! I love pumpkin so much, mmmm.

Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Thank you for that link, I spent the whole afternoon there lol

Trace4J said...

Happy Thanksgiving Friend
Going to try your recipe today!
Woolie Love