Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a little more baking

i decided to try to make a pumpkin roll this year. i usually buy them from a mennonite lady that is the best baker ever. now that we've moved, i haven't had anything from her in a long time, which makes me really sad. i'm spoiled like that. :) so anyway, i used the following recipe, and it turned out so good!

Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Filling ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9x13 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Lay a damp linen towel on the counter, sprinkle it with confectioner's sugar, and turn the cake onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it. Place the cake-in-towel on a cooling rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.

Make the icing: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.

When the cake has cooled 20 minutes, unroll it and spread icing onto it. Immediately re-roll (not in the towel this time), and wrap it with plastic wrap. Keep the cake refrigerated or freeze it for up to 2 weeks in aluminum foil. Cut the cake in slices just before serving.

here's how mine looked...

for every holiday or occasion, i like to make and decorate sugar cookies. i started doing it with the intention of it always being something that i did together with my kids. this is the 1st time that we got to actually enjoy it together. :) sweet memories. :) (p.s. we had just gotten up and had breakfast.)
yummmmm mama!! :)
yes, i usually take the easy route and use the packaged cookie icing.  it's fast, and it hardens SO much faster than the homemade icing.  when austin gets more into it, we will do homemade, i suppose.

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