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Pumpkin Roll Recipe

I love pumpkin and fell into the pumpkin crazy during fall like most of you.  About 4 years ago I started making Granny Kat’s Pumpkin Roll Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  This pumpkin roll is not only tasty but impressive.  When I take it somewhere I get asked how long it took or get told I have a lot of patients.  Little do people know it is easy and made even easier with step by step instructions.

This dessert can be made ahead which is a huge bonus.  Some comments on Allrecipes state that it can be frozen and thawed easily.  Which makes sense but I have never tried it myself.  The only thing you do need is a jelly roll pan (typically 10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ x 1 “deep).  You can use this pans for bar cookies as well so it comes in handy more than once.

Like most things I changed the recipe slightly by decreasing the filling because it was a bit much for my taste.  I love how moist this cake is.  Mr.Picky loves this cake so much he never wants me to take it anywhere so he doesn’t have to share.  Have fun baking and don’t forget to share.

Pumpkin Roll:Pumpkin Roll

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs powdered sugar

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup or 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered or confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees . Prepare pan by greasing and flour a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin purée, eggs, and lemon juice.

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, do not over bake.

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 filling by blending cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar.

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.  Dusting with more confectioners sugar as desired for decoration.

Pumpkin Roll


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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

This recipe is one of the few sweet recipes Mr.Picky requests.  It isn’t fall or hunting season without a fresh batch of Iced Pumpkin Cookies.  His sister would send batch after batch up hunting with him and his father.  When I married Mr.Picky this became my job.  I never did get the exact recipe she uses because she combines a few she found.  So I did the same and Mr.Picky is happy with what I came up with.

Iced pumpkin cookies are not too sweet and most of the sweetness comes from the light icing.  The spicy cake-like texture is something unique to these cookies.  They also taste amazing for breakfast with coffee.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies and Big Soft Ginger Cookies!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Icing:

  • 2 cup confectioners or powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs butter,melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Let us start with the cookies:

In a bowl combine all dry ingredients and whisk or sift together, set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy.

Add in pumpkin,vanilla, and egg mix until creamy.

Add in the sifted dry ingredients until the mixture is combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drop even scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet, I slightly flatten mine with either my fingers or the bottom of a floured glass.Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool on pan 1-2 minutes and remove to cool on a wire rack.

Combine glaze ingredients until smooth.  Either drizzle or dip the top of the cookie in the glaze.  Allow the glaze to set before serving or storing.Iced Pumpkin Cookies
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Pumpkin Pancakes

It is pumpkin time and this week I made three pumpkin items with a large can of pumpkin.  Pumpkin pancakes are the kids favorite pancakes especially just cold plain.  They almost taste like you are eating a muffin or cookie but less messy because they are in pancakes form.

My sister showed up one day last fall with a plate of pumpkin pancakes.  She told me I could find the recipe Pumpkin Pancakes-Allrecipe.com.  I have been making them since.

These pancakes are not overwhelming in flavor but have just the perfect amount of spice.  They are a denser pancake but I have add a bit extra baking soda to fluff them up a little more.  I found the original recipe to not cook all the way through sometimes.  I hope your family enjoys this fall treat!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 Tbs vinegar
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl.  Whisk until smooth.

Sift together the dry ingredients and combine into the pumpkin mixture.  Again whisking until smooth.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Heat a griddle to about 350 degrees or a frying pan to medium high heat.  Scooping about 1/4 cup of batter at a time flipping pancakes once brown on each side.  About 2 minutes on each side.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Enjoy plain or with warm maple syrup.

Borscht

Borscht is essentially stew made with beets.  As a girl this was one of my favorite dinners my mom would make.  I would eat bowl after bowl until it was gone.  Although what is not to love beets are one of my favorite vegetables.

This is not only a healthy but a hearty soup to fill the bellies of the whole family.  You can blend it or dice your vegetables as fine as you would like.  I prefer it chunky as this is how I grew up with it.  I have never tried making it on my own but it turned out great.  My mother is an amazing soup maker and because she always throws things together I did my best.

Now if you think it is odd to add dollop of sour cream to you stew, you need to give it a try.  Borscht requires a dollop of sour cream and it just won’t taste the same without it.

Beet Stew with a dollop of sour cream

Beet Stew with a dollop of sour cream

Borscht:

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 3 medium beets, peeled and diced
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and diced (if using new or red potatoes no need to peel)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 medium head of cabbage,diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash Worcestershire sauce

* This could easily be made in the crock pot.  After browning the stew meat combine all in the slow cooker and combine all ingredients.  Cook over low for at least 6 hours or until vegetables are tender.

In a 5 quart pot over medium/high heat oil and brown the stew meat.  Add in tomato sauce and beef broth.

Add in remaining ingredients  except cabbage and cover the pot with a lid.  Turn heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours.

Add in the cabbage and continue to cook and additional hour.

Taste and add any additional salt and pepper.  Remove the two bay leaves.

When the beets are tender and the meat is falling apart the Borscht is ready to serve.

Dollop each bowl with a bit of sour cream and serve.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Mr.Picky came home excited years ago about Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup he had tried at a close family friends.  I was absolutely shocked because Mr.Picky dislikes soup so much.  He carried in the recipe copied for us and asked me to make it.  We had no mushrooms at the time and I kind of forgot about it the recipe in the box.

With the seasons turning it is now time to go pick wild mushrooms.  Most people find this to be scary because they are worried they will be poisoned.  I trust Mr.Picky and his mushroom skills.  He came home with 3 gallons of chanterelle mushrooms and a few huge lobster mushrooms.

Funny thing is I am in no way picky mushrooms is one of two foods I do not care for.  Most of the time I do not want to inflict my tastes on the kids so I suck it up and eat them.  We dried what we didn’t eat fresh the first day or in the soup, so now we can enjoy them throughout the rest of the year.

Back to the soup.  Once I sat down and read the recipe I realized why Mr.Picky liked it. Bacon, burger, and mushrooms are some of his favorite foods.  I made the recipe according to the directions as it was my first time.  I will probably take out the mushroom soup and make it by scratch next time.  Although this was really good and with a thick and creamy texture.  I also didn’t have just wild rice but I used a wild rice and quinoa mixture that worked well.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup:

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

 

  • 1/2 lbs. bacon (browned drained and chopped)
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef, browned drained and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup wild rice (can use brown)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 stalks celery,chopped
  • 2/3 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • 1 cup dried mushrooms or fresh, chopped
  • 3 (10 3/4 oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper

Rinse rice in cold water until clear. Boil rice in 2 cups of water and simmer 15 min.

Saute veggies until onions are clear.

In 4 quart pan put cans of broth and cream of mushroom soup mix and heat until combined. Add remaining ingredients and season to taste with Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper.

Simmer 1 hour, serve hot with some great crusty bread to dip.

I ate half the bowl before I remembered to take a picture.

I ate half the bowl before I remembered to take a picture.

 

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