I really think pumpkin and pecans are a match made in heaven. Something about the pairing is just so right!
The first time I had pumpkin roll when I was a kid was just like this. I’m almost certain my sister Melissa made it and skipped out on the traditional cream cheese frosting and used butter pecan ice cream instead. It was lovely and I was just a bit disappointed when the next time I had pumpkin roll it wasn’t filled with ice cream.
If you already have a favorite pumpkin roll recipe, use that and instead of the cream cheese frosting fill the roll with softened butter pecan ice cream within 1 inch of the sides of the roll. Roll it all together, wrap it up tight, and put that bad boy in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy it.
If you need a recipe, here’s the one I used from Taste of Home.
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- dash of salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- confectioners sugar
- 1 quart butter pecan ice cream
- Option toppings - whipped cream, toasted pecans, caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 10"x15" sheet pan with parchment paper greased and flour.
- In a small bowl combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.
- In an electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, whip eggs for about 5 minutes until pale. Gradually beat in sugar. Mix in pumpkin then fold in dry ingredients. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Turn out cake onto a linen kitchen towel dusted with confectioners sugar. Remove parchment paper and roll up cake with the towel. Cool on a wire rack.
- When cool, unroll cake onto a baking sheet and spread out softened within 1 inch of the edge of the cake. Roll the cake again without the towel, wrap well and freeze.
- To serve, allow the roll to sit at room temperature for several minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar. Slice and serve with desired toppings.
This makes a great dessert for Thanksgiving since you can make it well in advance and have one less thing to worry about. Plus an ice cream dessert is great any time of year!