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Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkins and more pumpkins:  Holiday Treat

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll ready for Halloween

Pumpkins for Halloween continue into pumpkin pies, breads, cakes, cookies and muffins for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You don’t think of a pumpkin dessert for New Year’s Eve.

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At Nienaber’s Farm Market

The Pumpkin Roll recipe is a favorite of many community cookbooks or in the Sunday newspaper recipes.  I have used it for several years as it was given to me by a friend.   I finally read the label on Libby’s® Pumpkin l and there it was.  So I  give Libby’s credit for this easy and attractive dessert.  Of course over time, cooks have tweaked it to their taste of hand-me-down recipes.

Baked Pumpkin Roll Cake

Baked Pumpkin Roll Cake, a sponge cake texture

HOW-TO DO A PUMPKIN ROLL

The cake of the pumpkin roll is a sponge cake; it has a light, springy texture, like a sponge. The batter is baked into a thin layer in a jelly roll pan. Many sponge cakes use eggs as the leavening agent, this recipe has 3 eggs plus  baking powder and  baking soda.  Having ingredients at room temperature is important habit for baking.  If using separated eggs as in some sponge cakes, the egg whites whip to more volume at room temperature. 

It is important to  have the 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch baking pan greased and lined with parchment paper also greased and floured before using.  This enables the thin flat cake to come out of the pan for easy rolling. I use a damp cloth to turn the cake onto, roll up and cool in the refrigerator for one hour. Don’t get the cloth too damp as it will tear up the cake. Some recipes advise using flour or powdered sugar to  turn the cake on and let it cool at room temperature.  When removing the sponge cake from the oven, place the pan on a wire rack for 1 minute to cool and slightly pull away from the sides of the pan; run a knife around the edge.  Turn the cake onto the prepared cloth, peel the parchment paper off.

The short end of the  cake is rolled up in the cloth to set the shape as well as to let it cool.  I cool in the pumpkin roll in the refrigerator 1 hour, then  remove and unroll the cake to be filled. Spread the filling within 1/2 inch of the edges.  It will fill to the edge  as the cake is rolled up.  Carefully roll up the cake and filling, pulling the cloth from the cake.  Place the pumpkin roll  on a serving platter, seam side down.  Powder sugar can be sprinkled on top just before serving.  The sugar will dissolve into the cake if sprinkled too soon before serving.

I do not make 2 pumpkin rolls as a rule.  Since we had a Halloween Party to attend, I doubled the recipe and made the 2 rolls, putting them in a 9 x 13 cake pan for carrying.  They were a hit in the dessert line, just add a bit of whipped cream. One roll will make 10, 1/2 inch slices. 

2 Pumpkin Rolls Ready for the Halloween Party

2 Pumpkin Rolls Ready for the Halloween Party

Pumpkin Roll

A popular autumn dessert of moist Pumpkin Cake Roll filled with cream cheese and powder sugar filling.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • FILLING
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Jelly roll pan 10 x 15, greased, lined with parchment paper, greased and floured.
  • Preheat over to 375 F.
  • Sift together all the dry ingredients, set aside.
  • In large mixer bowl, combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin and lemon juice.
  • Beat on high speed for 5 minutes.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients into the egg/sugar mixture beating until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake 15 minutes at 375 F.
  • After baking flip cake on damp cloth, roll up from short end, cool in refrigerator 1 hour.
  • Combine cream cheese, vanilla, butter and powdered sugar.
  • Mix until blended and smooth.
  • Assemble Pumpkin Roll:
  • Unroll the cake on the cloth.
  • Spread filling on the cake leaving 1/2 inch from the edges.
  • Reroll the cake, peeling away the cloth.
  • Lift roll on serving plate with the seam side down.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving sliced cake.

Notes

This recipe can be doubled to make 2 pumpkin rolls. 2 1/2 cups batter will be needed to fill the 2 jelly-roll pans and 1 3/4 cups of filling for each roll.--------------
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Serving of Pumpkin Roll with Whip Cream

Serving of Pumpkin Roll with Whip Cream

Enjoy these pumpkin desserts.

Pumpkin Bread – cookbookinabox

Pumpkin Bread

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Coconut Oil Pie Dough

Joining the trend:  Baking with Coconut Oil

For years nutritionists have limited the use of the coconut because of the fat.  Now it is a considered a good fat and not the culprit any more. Although this information as been  available since 2004 or earlier, I am finally coming around to use the coconut oil in cooking.  So I started it with a Coconut Oil Pie Dough. My pie dough often leaves much to be desired, so why not kick up the challenge.

Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Coconut Oil Pie Crust for Peach Pie

Since my cookbooks are too old to discuss use of coconut oil, the internet provided a variety of recipes and information related to the benefits and use.  I looked on the internet for information for recipes, use and how to substitute shortening and vegetable oils. Coconut Oil Online was informative and helpful, even how to measure the oil and listing the healing benefits.

Here is a simple “how-to”

Pure Coconut OIl

Pure Coconut OIl

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I first measured and chilled the coconut oil  in the refrigerator as it is liquid at 76 degrees.  Too long in the refrigerator, it would become hard solid and brittle.  This was cooled about 30 minutes, enough to cut into cubes.

I measured the flour into the food processor, then added the cold coconut oil and the cold butter.

Cold butter added to the flour and coconut oil.

Cold butter added to the flour and coconut oil.                                                                                                                                            

Putting coconut oil pastry in pie plate.

Putting coconut oil pastry in pie plate.

The rolling out of the dough was a bit tricky.  Rolling it on floured wax paper was best, though it did get sticky as it warmed. The wax paper also made it easier to handle placing on the pie plate and adding the top crust.

Making of a peach pie….

Fresh peaches were in season at this time, I had 4 medium size peaches, or about 3 cups more or less, added 2 tablespoons of minute tapioca, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Sliced one tablespoon butter on the top before covering with the top crust.  Baked at 400 F, 45-50 minutes.

Fresh Peaches for pie

Making a peach pie.                                                                                                    

Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Coconut Oil Pie Crust for Peach Pie                                                  

Coconut Oil Pie Dough

A How-To to making Coconut Oil Pie Dough for a fresh peach pie.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • Pie Dough
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold pure coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup very cold water as needed
  • Peach Pie
  • 3 cups fresh peaches in 1/2 inch size.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Use a food processor.
  • Put the flour in the processor bowl.
  • Add cubes of cold coconut oil and cold cubes of butter.
  • Pulse off and on until dough is the size of peas.
  • Put dough into a large bowl, add water a tablespoon at a time,
  • While mixing dough until it can be gathered into a ball.
  • Divide the dough in 2 pieces, flatten and wrap each in wax paper or plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on wax paper, lightly floured two inches larger than the 9 inch pie plate.
  • Fit dough into the pie plate.
  • Fill with the fresh peach mixture.
  • Dot with butter.
  • Roll out the second round of dough and place on top of the peaches.
  • Trim edge off of excess pie dough, fold under to have 1 inch edge to crimp.
  • Cut steam vents in the top crust. Bake.
  • Cool before serving

Notes

Fruit pies often bubble out when baking. Put aluminum foil under the oven rack to catch any drippings. ...............................................................................
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The fresh peach pie with Coconut Oil Pie Dough.

Yes, this was an OOPS!

First servings of the peach pie with Coconut Oil PIe Dough

First servings of the peach pie with Coconut Oil Pie Dough

The rest of the pie was refrigerated. 

Peach pie with flaky Coconut Oil Pie Dough

Peach pie with flaky Coconut Oil Pie Dough                                                                         

It did become solid and nice slices were cut.  The servings were put in the microwave about 15 seconds to warm.

Over all tasty, not considered food porn.  Oh, well. There are successes and failures.

Hope you give the recipe a try and  best wishes.

 

 

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Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Bagels!  Recipe for home made Blueberry Bagels

I remember when bagels were a rarity  in the Midwest.  A friend would bring them back from New Jersey when he went home  on school breaks. Well, it was w-a-y back in  1972.  Now that I am retired and really into cooking, I like to try recipes, even if they are available on the market.  Better yet, I like make food without the unpronounceable ingredients.

A brief how-to make bagels.

Ready for the first rise.

Ready for the first rise.

This dough happens to be yeast bread dough.  Bagels also are a yeast dough,  the recipe I have is a small amount of yeast dough that makes 12 bagels.

 Besides knowing what goes into your homemade bagels, you also can decide what goes in your bagels or what to put on top.  The above bagels have white raisins, same dough as for the blueberry bagels.

Bagels in a boiling water bath.

Bagels in a boiling water bath.

Boiling the bagels sets the crust before going into the oven.  The interior texture is dense and  crust chewy. The bagels are in the water 45 to 60 seconds.

Enjoy Blueberry Bagels with cream cheese and jam.

Blueberry Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Now that you have tried the Blueberry Bagels, try them again for your flavor and flare, such as raisin bagels.

Fresh Raisin Bagels

Fresh Raisin Bagels

Blueberry Bagels

Home made bagels to enjoy toasted, with cream cheese and jam. Add blueberries or raisins, nuts and seeds. Decorate the top with nuts, seeds or plain for sandwiches. Your choice and ideas. A mixer friendly recipe
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • DOUGH
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water 105-115F
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 egg white thinned with 1 tablespoon water
  • sprinkling of corn meal.
  • WATER BATH
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the warm water into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on top and blend to dissolve for 5 -10 minutes. It will become bubbly.
  • Add the honey, olive oil and 1 cup of flour mixed with salt.
  • Stir at low speed, blend briefly to mix.
  • Add remaining flour while mixer is going.
  • Using the dough hook, knead at low speed for 10 minutes. Dough will be smooth and elastic.
  • Roll into a large ball, put into well greased bowl and grease the ball of dough.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, let rise in a warm place 1 hour to double in size.
  • Prepare water bath to boiling.
  • Preheat over to 425 F.
  • Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly sprayed with oil and sprinkled with corn meal.
  • When dough has doubled in size, punch dough down.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll into a long log, divide into 12 equal pieces to make a 2-inch balls.
  • Flatten the dough piece, add 3-4 blueberries in the circle.
  • Fold the dough over the blueberries and seal on underside.
  • Punch a holes in the middle with your thumb, make hole about 1-2 inches big.
  • Cover bagels and let rise 15 minutes until puffy.
  • Drop into the seasoned boiling water. They rise to the top.
  • Let simmer for 45-60 seconds each side.
  • Lift out with skimmer.
  • Set on the baking sheet.
  • Brush with egg white and water.
  • Bake 425 F, 10 minutes, or until lightly brown.
  • Turn after 10 minutes and brown on the other side.
  • Remove upon rack to cool.

Notes

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The object of homemade is not about the perfection in the appearance, instead, it is the challenge of trying and getting delicious outcomes to please family and friends. Practice perfects the appearance,  though one cannot control oozing hot blueberries or resist the tantalizing aroma?

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Ginger Tea

Cup of Ginger Tea

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Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

Fall is in the air and  the coloring of the leaves is happening…    The beauty of the fall season is something to behold when the sun is shining.   I have been given a couple of butternut squash to enjoy in older recipes and create a couple of new ones.  This is back to a recipe I put up  in October 2014.  Still good!

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Acorn and Butternut Squash

Acorn and Butternut Squash

The  butternut squash beauty on the right was selected for the autumn tart.  The wonderful thing about this entree tart it is as tasty as  eating dessert.  In this  particular tart I used shredded chicken from chicken drumsticks previously cooked in the slow cooker.  Drumsticks were tried as a means of trying to be economical.  Chicken breasts are also very nice to use with this tart. Chicken was used this time as ham is not a part of this household’s diet anymore due to the high sodium and alas….extra fat.

12 inch Squash, Chicken and Pecan Tart

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart baked in a 12-inch tart pan.

 

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

This make a wonderful tart with the ginger pastry.  It will fill a 11-12 inch tart pan giving it a thick filling.  This was a  perfect tart, it did not crumble when the tart pan rim was removed or crumble when it was cut.   Just add a green salad or vegetable with fruit for dessert and lunch is served.

Butternut Squash, Chicken, Pecan Tart with steamed broccoli

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart with steamed broccoli

Butternut Squash, Chicken & Pecan Tart

This recipe combines a favorite autumn vegetable with chicken, pecans and apples for a dessert like entree to become a Thanksgiving favorite.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • GINGER PASTRY

Notes

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2018 Version of the Tart:  I turned it into a 9-inch pie.  I cheated and bought a frozen pie crust.  I omitted the chicken, added just a little more squash, reduced the sugar some and proceeded as instructed.  Really had more filling than needed.  Baked the remainder in a small dish.  

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How-To: Roasting Red Bell Peppers

Red Bell Pepper

Red Bell Pepper or Capsicum annuum

Ah, the stately red bell pepper!  8 years ago I discovered the art of roasting red bell peppers. Now they can usually be found in my freezer ready for use.  While they make a good side dish, baked and seasoned with  garlic, onion, oregano, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, roasted red bell peppers are good additions to many dishes along with garlic, onion, carrot and celery.  Since it has been roasted, it can be added to soups, salads, meat entrees, casseroles and vegetables later in cooking.  Oh yes, don’t forget putting it on pizzas.

Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Roasted Red Bell Peppers as a side dish

Sweet Bell Pepper History

These are not to be confused with chili peppers.  The sweet bell peppers come in multiple colors from green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown and black.  The green and purple bell peppers are slightly bitter, None of the bell peppers are hot due to smaller amounts of capsaicin in them. All can be used to stuff and bake.  When cut in half or cutting the tops off, they do make great little cups to stuff.

South and Central Americas were first known to have cultivated the bell peppers about 9000 years ago.  Now they are raised throughout the world and used in many cuisines. In 2007, China was the largest producer commercially of the bell pepper.  Florida and California are the largest commercial producing states in the U.S.  New Mexico is the leader in the U.S. of commercially producing chili peppers.

Selection and Storage

Whether you buy your peppers in the grocery, open-air market or farmer’s market, select peppers which are firm, with green stems and heavy.  Choose those free of  blemishes, soft spots or dark areas.  Not all green bell peppers turn red and some peppers never start out green.  Just be sure the colors are deep and vivid and heavy for their size.

Storage of bell peppers will keep 7-10 days in the refrigerator’s vegetable compartment.  It is best not to cut the stem off prior to storage, although sometimes they are sold without the longer stem. To prevent moisture loss in the refrigerator storage, it is best to put a damp towel or towelling in the vegetable compartment to keep their moisture.  Bell peppers can be frozen without blanching, whole for stuffing or in pieces for adding to foods.

Healthy Benefits of  Sweet Bell Peppers

Sweet bell peppers are an excellent source of nutrients rich in an antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties necessary to reduce the risk of chronic health disorders such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  The vivid bright colors of red, orange and yellow are carotenoids which are the precursor to vitamin A. Remember being told to eat your carrots to help your eyes, yes vitamin A.  Sweet bell peppers are excellent sources of  vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B 6.  They are also very good source of fiber, vitamin E, K B 2, B 3 and potassium; they are low in fat.

Try roasting your sweet bell peppers, red, orange, yellow or even purple.  They do add color to foods.  Doing so is worth the time and effort and are not packed in oil.  Besides that you get your vitamin A.  Enjoy!

See my recipes:    Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice and                                           Summer Time Coleslaw.

Informational Resource:  The World’s Healthiest Foods, www.whfoods.org.

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