October 13, 2008

Pumpkin and Bananas!

I've never eaten or made one of these rolled things before, but it turned out alright.  The cake was pretty thin in some areas, so when I was taking the wax paper off it peeled some cake off too and make a big hole.  I used a half recipe of the filling because from looking at the picture included in the recipe I knew I wouldn't like it with that much.  And I actually would have liked it better with a little less in the middle, where it was spread a bit thicker.  

Libby's Pumpkin Roll (From Back of the Box)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 teas cloves
1/4 teas. salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin

Filling: (half recipe)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 T butter, softened
1/2 teas. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease and line with wax paper a 10 x 15 in jelly roll pan.  Grease and flour over wax paper.  Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with the 1/4 cup powdered sugar.  
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.  Beat eggs and sugar until thick.  Beat in pumpkin.  Stir in flour mixture.  Spread evenly into pan and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the middle springs when poked.  Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel.  Carefully peel off the paper.  Roll cake and towel together on the narrow end, with gentle but quick fingers.  Cool on a wire rack.  

Filling: Cream together all ingredients.  Carefully unroll the completely cooled cake and remove towel.  Spread mixture and re-roll cake.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.  Sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar before serving.  

*There's really no need to refrigerate it for an hour before serving.  We just dug right in and I made sure to cover it and refrigerate it afterwards.  I garnished it with sliced almonds, which didn't really taste good with the cake, but it looked nice.

While I was letting the cake cool, I suddenly had an urge to put bananas, peanut butter, chocolate frosting, and almonds together!

1 banana, sliced
1 heaping tablespoon or so of peanut butter, melted
1 tablespoon or so of chocolate frosting, melted
a few whole toasted almonds, cut in half

And a red napkin in desperate need of an iron job.  Which I was too lazy to do.
Peanut butter tastes so much better melted, by the way!

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