Pumpkin Roll: Preheat
your oven to
375 degrees F (190
degrees C). Butter, or spray
with a non-stick vegetable spray, a 15 x 10 inch (38 x 25 cm) baking pan. Line
the pan with parchment
paper, and then butter and flour the parchment paper (or spray with non stick
spray that also contains flour).
In a bowl sift
or whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, ground spices, and salt.
the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle
attachment (can also use a hand mixer). Beat on high speed until thick, pale yellow,
and fluffy. (This will take between 5-10 minutes.) (When you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back
into the bowl in slow ribbons.) Beat in the pumpkin
puree. Gently fold in the flour mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan,
evenly spreading the cake batter with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.
about 13 - 15 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and
the cake, when lightly pressed, springs back.
removing the cake from the oven invert the pumpkin roll onto a clean dish towel
that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Carefully
peel off the parchment paper, sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar, and roll
up the pumpkin roll, with the towel, while
it is still hot and pliable. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Filling: Beat the
cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Then fold in
the chopped nuts.
Unroll the pumpkin roll, spread with the
filling, and reroll. Transfer to your
serving platter. Cover, and chill in
the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. (You can serve this cake
immediately but chilling it for a few hours, or even overnight, sets the filling and makes it
easier to slice.) Just before serving,
dust with confectioners
(powdered or icing) sugar.
Makes about 8
toast the pecans or walnuts. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and
bake in a 350 degree F (180 degree C) oven for about 8 minutes or
until lightly brown. Remove from oven, let cool, and then coarsely
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