Nov 24, 2011

Pumpkin Roll

Gobble Gobble! Happy Turkey Day!

Someday I'll have to do a post on how I store my recipes in my recipe binder. Just to illustrate how obsessed I am with recipes and food (and how OCD I am with everything), I'll tell you that I actually spent a lot of time researching the best way to store recipes. Most of my recipes are handwritten on cards.

When my Grandmom died, my mom asked if there was anything in particular I wanted from her belongings. Her recipes were first on my list. Then, when my mom passed, I also inherited her recipe box. I love having the handwritten recipes in their handwriting. Because of this, I write all of mine down in my ugly chicken scratch handwriting, in the hopes that someday my kids will be grateful. Ha. Regardless, I do have one recipe in my binder that is not in my handwriting, nor any other family members'.

7 years ago, we attended an event where a sweet newlywed brought these delicious pumpkin rolls. I asked for the recipe and she brought it over, handwritten on an index card. 2 weeks later her new husband died in a small plane crash and she moved away from our area. Unfortunately this was pre-facebook, so I couldn't virtually stalk her once she moved. It was such a powerful reminder to live life to the fullest and because of that, I've kept her recipe in her handwriting in my binder. And every fall when I take it out to make this treat, it makes me so grateful.
I've copied it word for word with my notes below:

Pumpkin Roll

3 eggs (beat for five minutes)
1 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of pumpkin
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp soda
2 tsp pumpkin spice

Line pan with foil and grease well. Spread batter on pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and roll with foil. Make sure when rolling foil to rub butter on the foil as you roll. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes only. Unroll, cool, and spread with filling.

8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp butter
Whip and spread on cake.
Roll, wrap, and freeze.

My notes:
I love to double or triple this recipe and leave the extra in the freezer. It's a great way to have a fancy treat on hand for all of your holiday gatherings. When you are needing to serve it, just set it out on the counter for about ten minutes until it has defrosted enough to slice. Set on a plate and let defrost another 20 minutes. Serve and get ready to soak up the compliments!

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