It’s that time of year, the time where pumpkin is everywhere, and not just in the kitchen. It’s pumpkin-scented hand soap, pumpkin-scented candles, pumpkin-scented hand lotion. And who can forget the lattes. While I love the scent, there is such a thing as too much!
I do love cooking, especially baking with pumpkin, and what’s more classic than a good old fashion pumpkin roll? I love the look of it, the smell as it bakes in the oven, and how well it pairs with a great homemade cappuccino. No need for a pumpkin latte for me, coffee should taste like coffee, but that’s just me.
While traditionally pumpkin rolls are filled with cream cheese frosting or cream, I much prefer an Italian spin and filling it with a deliciously sweet mascarpone filling. It’s less tangy than the traditional filling, sweeter and for me, a whole lot more delicious than the traditional filling. If you’re new to preparing rolls, take your time in the preparation, as it does take some skill. Don’t be discouraged if it breaks or cracks, practice makes perfect so you might have to make a few now, before showcasing one on your Thanksgiving table. Having to eat the less perfect ones is no sacrifice at all. Be sure to generously dust your cotton towel with the powdered sugar, as that will prevent it from sticking as it cools off.
Pumpkin Roll with Mascarpone Cream Filling
Yields 1 roll, serves 8 – 10
1/4 cup powdered sugar (to be sprinkled on towel while cooling)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon mixed spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice mix)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin (100% canned pumpkin, do not use pie mix.)
8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
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