A Taste of Woodloch: Pumpkin Spice (And Everything Nice!)

Oh my gourd! It’s that special time of year- Halloween has passed, and all of our eyes (and bellies) are anxiously looking forward to the magical day of THANKSGIVING! Turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans and more make it one of the the most eagerly anticipated days of the year. But most importantly, as you surround yourself in thanks with your friends and family by your side, remember this most of all… save room for DESSERT!

Chef George, from our Woodloch Pines kitchen, and the Woodloch Bakery once again return to share some of their favorite recipes using the quintessential holiday ingredient… PUMPKIN! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Roll

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 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 salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)

Directions:

  1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
  3. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
  4. BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

COOKING TIP:

Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted salted butter

Ingredients for frosting:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix slightly. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.
  4. Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Pumpkin Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie mix
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Gingersnap cookies
  • Apple slices

Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add in the pumpkin, sour cream, and spices and continue to mix until well incorporated.
  2. Serve immediately with ginger snaps, apple slices, graham crackers and any other options. Refrigerate any left overs

Let us know if you give one of these recipes a try by taking a photo and tagging us on social media with the hashtag #ATasteOfWoodloch!