Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yummy Pumpkin Treats!!

Canadian Thanksgiving was this past weekend and we tried a new 'pumpkin' dessert this year!!

It was delicious!!   I actually found it on Pinterest (such a great website)...I did alter it slightly because I really enjoy the typical spices in Pumpkin Pie and I still wanted that 'pie' flavour.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Here is what I changed about the recipe...I doubled the amount of cinnamon, added 1 1/2 tsp of ground cloves and 1 tsp of nutmeg to it...I did find it a bit sweet, so I would only add 1 cup of sugar instead of the 1 1/2 cups of it next time...I DID use the 1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans (delicious) and we used 'Breyers' All Natural Vanilla ice cream (the black carton) with vanilla bean in it and sprinkled a tiny bit of cinnamon on top!  YUM!!

OK, this dessert I had never heard of until it was holiday time (can't remember if it was Thanksgiving or Christmas) at my in-laws in West Virginia...Pumpkin Roll...it was fantastic!! When I first looked at the recipe, I was a bit nervous, having never made any kind of 'roll' before...but I found a video/tutorial (I swear I did, but do you think I can find it now??) and it was actually a lot simpler than I was making it out to be.

Pumpkin Roll

One thing that was 'stumping' me was a 'jelly roll pan'....a jelly roll pan?  Where was I going to find one of those? So I searched the net to find that I could use a cookie sheet with a lip (not the flat style) and it worked just fine!  The one tip they state at the bottom of the recipe, about having enough ' powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick', I didn't use enough and it did stick a bit...so be generous!  For my first roll, I can say that it did pretty much turn out like the picture! Oh, and I probably added more of the spices for my taste!

Onto cookies....these cookies are nice and soft and best the day they are made..I haven't quite figured out how to store them without them going kinda softer because of the glaze they have on top...so if you have any suggestions, please pass them along!!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

 I haven't made these yet this fall, but by looking at the ingredients, I'm sure I probably doubled the spices and possibly added some ground cloves to it too.  I dropped these by 'rounded tablespoons' like it said, but mine turned out a bit lumpier looking, like a homemade biscuit...they still tasted great, but just different shape. My only suggestion, if you double the recipe, you don't have to double the glaze. There is plenty of glaze to do the second batch with!

What delicious 'Pumpkin' treats have you made this fall??

Send them along  muskokangirl@gmail.com


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