Pumpkin roll help, please?
October 11, 2010 11:59 AM   Subscribe

Pumpkin roll. Seasonal. Delicious. Your best recipes for making this dessert, please?

The local woman who makes good pumpkin rolls has decided not to make any this year, but will not part with* her amazing recipe for same. Please share your best recipe and whatever tips and tricks you have for making this confection. I have never made it before and could use some guidance.

What makes for a great pumpkin roll?

* May have to do with my making the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for the pumpkin roll maker's ex-husband. He pronounced them "the best damn sticky buns [he'd] ever had," as she informed me with a certain dirty look, adding that she'd baked three times a week for him for 20 years...So, um, no, I really can't get her recipe.
posted by MonkeyToes to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
What do you mean "pumpkin roll"? Something like a cinnamon roll/sticky bun but with a pumpkiny roll part? Or something more like a dinner roll or a bun? Or like a jelly roll?
posted by maryr at 12:55 PM on October 11, 2010

maryr, a pumpkin roll is similar to a jelly roll, but with pumpkin-flavored cake and cream cheese filling.

Looking forward to the suggestions in this thread. I love pumpkin roll, but have never made one.
posted by donajo at 12:59 PM on October 11, 2010

maryr, it's a moist, thin, rectangular cake that's frosted and then rolled up and eaten by the slice.
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:00 PM on October 11, 2010

You MUST ask Pioneer Woman...
posted by advicepig at 1:16 PM on October 11, 2010

Ah, sorry, I'm more help in the other direction.

A quick Google search turns up tons of recipes - most look pretty similar on a quick read. Here are links to recipes from Epicurious and KitchenDaily, both of which are reasonably reliable recipe sites. Sorry I can't help more than that...
posted by maryr at 1:18 PM on October 11, 2010

Forgot to preview - advicepig is right. She would be a great source for this sort of recipe.
posted by maryr at 1:19 PM on October 11, 2010

I made this one last year and it turned out quite yummy. The reviewers seem to agree.
posted by pluckemin at 1:59 PM on October 11, 2010

I've never made pumpkin rolls before, but I've made a lot of pumpkin-based baked goods. My only advice is use real pumpkin and season it yourself. (But you probably know that already.) Canned pumpkin frequently isn't forreals pumpkin, and those "pumpkin pie spice" blends that you can get in stores usually aren't punchy enough for my taste.
posted by phunniemee at 2:01 PM on October 11, 2010

From what I've heard, pumpkin roll is not terribly tricky, but IS a considerable chore.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:21 PM on October 11, 2010

Here's the recipe I use and love:

3 egg
1 cup sugar
⅔ cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¾ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, chopped fine
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
8 ounce cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoon butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla

Beat eggs on high speed of mixer for 5 minutes and gradually beat in sugar. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in separate bowl. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread the batter in a greased and floured 15x10x1 baking pan. Top with nuts. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a towel sprinkled with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Let cool on towel for 10 minutes, then toll towel and cake together and cool completely. While cooling, beat until smooth 1 cup powdered sugar with cream cheese, butter, and vanilla to make filling. Unroll cake and spread with filling. Roll cake and chill. Slice to serve.
posted by Addlepated at 6:46 PM on October 11, 2010

By the way, in my recipe, the cake WILL crack when you unroll/reroll it - learn to live with it and just sprinkle with powdered sugar to cover any sins. Maybe there's a trick to keep it from cracking, but I don't know it.

And it should read "roll towel," not "toll towel." Sorry!
posted by Addlepated at 6:48 PM on October 11, 2010

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