Have you heard about the Great Canned Pumpkin Shortage of 2009? If you are a baker, perhaps you have. I noticed this in October. I explained to loved ones “No pumpkin – it just wasn’t there!” and was met with a suspect “…maybe you were in the wrong aisle?” Indeed something was up. 1/3 of Nestle’s crops were ruined by heavy rains, causing an apology by the company for shortages in grocery stores nationwide.
Living in the Southern US, I could probably throw a rock and hit someone with a pumpkin patch. So, as long as I know how to roast a pumpkin, the natives in our Thanksgiving clan will not be restless.
Pumpkin Roasting Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut one small pumpkin into quarters and lay on a large foil-lined cookie sheet. (you may need 2 pans depending on the size of your pumpkin) Bake for 45 minutes. Pumpkin should be soft when pierced with a fork. If it is still a little firm, bake for 10 – 15 minutes longer. Allow to cool completely. Scrape pumpkin flesh from rind and mash in a bowl.Refrigerate until ready to use.
Here’s my very favorite Thanksgiving dessert to make with pumpkin.
powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
⅔ cup canned
1 pkg. (8
oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
powdered sugar, sifted
butter or margarine, softened
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 × 10-inch jelly-roll pan;
line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen
towel with powdered sugar.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon 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.
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
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. Re-roll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at
least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
I’ve recently noticed store-brand pumpkin has been fully stocked on the grocer’s shelves where I shop. I would imagine the same is true for most grocery stores across the country. However, I would encourage you to explore the fresh option. Although not as convenient, the end result is much more rewarding.
I think we pumpkin-lovers just might survive this.