Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin drooling and designs~~

Fall is my favorite season because of the colors, the leaves, the crisp air and oh yes......PUMPKINS!! Eat your heart out Jenn Haggerty (my sweet pumpkin nut friend) this post is likely to drive you insane. Lets first find some delicious pumpkin foodies to enjoy and drool over. At the end is a yummy treat to warm your tummy up!

Pumpkin Roll Cake by Paula Deen  ( I love her cooking)

Ingredients 

Cake:
3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
6 large eggs, separated
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup canned pumpkin, packed
1/8 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
Filling:
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup whipping cream, chilled
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup English toffee pieces for garnish
Additional powdered sugar, for garnish
1 1/2 cups purchased caramel sauce, warmed, for garnish

Directions

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a 15 by 10 by 1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice into a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until very thick. Add the pumpkin to the egg mixture and combine at a low speed until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed until mixed. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. Fold into the cake batter, stirring with a spatula, until most of the white streaks are gone.
Spread the batter onto a baking sheet and smooth out. Transfer baking sheet to the oven and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. While the cake is hot, dust generously with powdered sugar. Loosen the edges and turn the cake out onto a kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the edge of the cake and roll up. Cool completely, edge down, for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
For the filling: Soften the gelatin in the rum. Stir over low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Cool. Beat the chilled whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl until peaks form. Fold in the gelatin and 6 tablespoons English toffee pieces.
To assemble, unroll the cake and sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of English toffee pieces. Spread the filling over the toffee. Start at 1 long side of the cake roll and, using the towel as an aid, roll up the cake to encase the filling. Place the cake, seam-side down, on a platter.
Trim the ends of the cake at a slight diagonal. Dust the cake with powdered sugar. Spoon some warm caramel sauce and the remaining toffee chips over the top of the cake. To serve, use a serrated knife to cut the cake crosswise into 1-inch thick slices. Drizzle more sauce on each slice and serve.
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Aunt Trina’s Holiday Pumpkin Crunch - given to Paula Deen by her aunt Trina

1 (15 oz.) can fresh pumpkin
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 c. sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
2 sticks butter, cut into pieces
FROSTING:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, cinnamon and sugar until well combined.  Add eggs and mix well.
Pour mixture into a 9X13 baking dish prepared with a non stick spray. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over entire top. Sprinkle nuts evenly over cake mix and top with butter pieces.  Bake at 350ยบ F for 50-60 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
Prepare frosting while cake is cooling.  In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, whip cream cheese until light.  Add in whipping cream and continue to whip until fully combined and thickening.  Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and whip until smooth.
To Serve:  Scoop out a slice of the pumpkin crunch and top with a dollop of the cream cheese frosting, or frost the entire pumpkin crunch with the frosting.
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 How about some fun printable activities for your kiddos, homeschooling or not they will enjoy these. From the website http://www.2teachingmommies.com/
All the printables are in one easy download. Just click the image above to download a single zip file of all the printables.  You will need to be able to view pop-ups to download the unit, as it will appear in a pop up window from the site! Last year’s printables are also included in this download.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What about decorating those cute pumpkins?? what can we do to a big orange round ball? 


Beautiful pumpkins carved so intricately with a flower/ herbal design
1 love it,!!






 Many many Pumpkins in all sorts of designs and fun creations to try!

Glitter {Pumpkin} Topiary

 
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 And for our final "pumpkin treat of the day"

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate--- yummmmmmm!! 

Ingredients:
3 cups whole milk
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces white chocolate (roughly chopped)
pinch salt

Directions:
1. Heat the milk, pumpkin puree, and spices in a sauce pan until it just starts to simmer and remove form heat.
2. Add the chocolate and stir until it has melted.
3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon.

Similar Recipes: from the Closet Cooking Website- a wonderful spot to enjoy
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
Pumpkin White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Enjoy all!!

Leslie aka BlockmomNC --- lover of pumpkin and cuteness


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