October is a fun month. Halloween ghosts and pumpkins. In the northern climates the gardens are winding down and the pumpkin patch is full of bright orange. I love it!
More and more gardens are including pumpkins. We grow pie pumpkins but the vines can really spread out and take up lots of space.
To help contain our patch we grow pumpkins on vertical supports. It helps keep the pumpkins under control. Do not be afraid to keep the vines trimmed out of paths and rows.
Visit our other pumpkin pages
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Roast up those pumpkin seeds after the kids are finished carving those pumpkins.
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
Recipe of the Month
There are so many things you can do with pumpkins. Pumpkin rolls are one of my favorites. I have to be careful because I can eat the whole roll. They make great gifts and are best sellers at bake sales. If you haven’t tried this recipe bake it up today. Your family will love you !
Pumpkin Cake Roll
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup of mashed cooked pumpkin
1 tsp. Lemon juice
¾ cup flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Set aside.
2. Add flour, baking powder, salt and spices to a bowl and stir to blend. Set aside.
3. Add eggs to a mixer bowl and beat on high for 5 minutes.
4. Gradually beat in sugar.
5. Stir in mashed pumpkin and lemon juice. Fold in flour mixture.
6. Spread batter into the jelly roll pan.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
Turn cake out onto a hand towel dusted with powdered sugar. Fold towel over short end of cake and roll up in the towel. Set aside to cool while you making the filling.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 (3 oz) packages of cream cheese
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Beat sugar, cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and blend.
After the cake is cool it is ready to fill carefully unroll the cake. Spread the cream cheese filling over the cake evenly. Spread all the way to the edge of the cake. Starting at the small edge carefully re-roll the cake. Chill until ready to serve. Before serving sprinkle the pumpkin roll with powdered sugar. Cut into 1 inch slices.
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