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Banana Cake Swiss Roll

Banana and Cream Cheese Swiss Roll | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Creamy and delicious!

I love making swiss rolls. They just add a bit of fun, elegance, and unique interest to the traditional cake. This particular recipe is light, creamy, and delicious. I like to add walnuts for a bit of nutty flavor and texture.


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Ingredients

    BANANA AND CREAM CHEESE SWISS ROLL:
  • 2 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated (1 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • Powdered sugar (for rolling if not using parchment lined pan)
  • BANANA AND CREAM CHEESE SWISS ROLL FILLING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature

Directions

    BANANA AND CREAM CHEESE SWISS ROLL:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 C).
  2. Mix together bananas, eggs, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and add to wet mixture.
  4. Stir in citrus juice and vanilla.
  5. Spread batter onto 9×13 inch parchment lined or greased baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle nuts over top.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes until just done (do not over bake as a dry cake will be difficult to roll).
  8. While cake is warm, either roll with parchment paper in place or place cake with walnut side down onto tea towel generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  9. Allow rolled cake to cool completely with seam side down.
  10. BANANA AND CREAM CHEESE SWISS ROLL FILLING:

  11. Whip heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks, set aside.
  12. In a separate bowl, whip cream cheese until smooth.
  13. In batches, add whipped cream to cream cheese and mix until creamy.
  14. BANANA AND CREAM CHEESE SWISS ROLL ASSEMBLY:

  15. Carefully unroll cake.
  16. Smooth filling over top and reroll.
  17. Garnish as desired.

Let me know what your favorite cakes and fillings are in the comments below!

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Easy Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks

Easy Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1-2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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These breadsticks complete any meal and are also great on their own!

Homemade breadsticks are quick and easy to make. With only a few ingredients, you can have these hot, fresh, and ready by the time the rest of your meal is done being prepared and cooked.

You can also bake them as directed and then lightly fry them in a small amount of oil in a pan over the stove. This method will add an old-fashioned styled Pizza Hut breadstick taste to them.

And if you have never made yeast bread before, this is a great recipe to start with. I’ve been making this recipe since I was literally in grade school. I find kneading dough so relaxing, I hope you enjoy making them too!


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Ingredients


EASY GARLIC PARMESAN BREADSTICKS:
– 1 package dry, active yeast (1/4 oz or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
– 1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees F or 40.5-43 C)
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 5 tablespoons oil (I typically use olive oil)
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
– Garlic salt
– 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, can use fresh or packaged

Directions


EASY GARLIC PARMESAN BREADSTICKS:
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
2. Mix in flour, salt, and oil.
3. Place dough into greased bowl, turn once to coat exposed side, lightly cover.
4. Set in a warm place and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour).
5. Punch dough down and knead for about 10 minutes.
6. Shape into thin, pencil-sized pieces or plaits and place on greased or parchment prepared cookie sheet.
7. Lightly cover and let rise for another 20 minutes.
8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C).
9. Brush melted butter over breadsticks.
10. Sprinkle garlic salt and parmesan over top.
11. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
12. Brush remaining butter over top and sprinkle a bit more garlic salt.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks | Erica Robbin
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Pumpkin & Walnut Empanadas

Pumpkin & Walnut Empanadas | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 1 dozen
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Originating in Galicia, Spain, empanadas are a delicious filled pastry that can be baked or fried.


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Ingredients

    EMPANADA DOUGH:

  • 4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons buttered flavored shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • Warm water
  • FILLING:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar (to taste depending on sweetness of pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin or use 2 cups fresh baked pumpkin (fresh baked adds to prep time)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

    EMPANADA DOUGH:
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Add warm water gradually until dough is soft to knead but not sticky.
  3. Roll dough into 3″ balls and let rest in a bowl covered with warm flour sack towels (see below for more about flour sack towels) for 1 hour.
  4. FILLING:

  5. Melt butter over stove and add brown sugar until sugar is dissolved and begins to caramelize. Stir in white sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and salt. Then add pumpkin and walnuts, heat through.
  6. There are many variations to try and you’re welcome to add raisins, shredded chicken, diced apples (with caramel 😊), or anything you like as they can be savory or sweet.
  7. PREPARING AND COOKING:

  8. Fold and flute. Click here or see below for my How To: Fold and Flute an Empanada video.
  9. Fry in vegetable oil at medium heat or 350 degrees F (177 C) until golden brown and cooked through.

The word comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Today they are made in many countries including Spain and the Americas.

Pronounced em-pah-nah-th ah, they can be sweet or savory and filled with meat, vegetables, and a variety of additions such as raisins or nuts. This particular recipe includes fresh pumpkin and chopped walnuts for a tasty combination, but feel free to experiment and add your favorite ingredients, the options are endless!

Flour sack towels can have multiple uses but are great for covering bread dough while it’s rising. The weave is slightly looser compared to a typical tea or dish towel. Because they aren’t dyed, they’re safe to use around foods. A good quality flour sack towel is low lint, low pill, and lightweight enough to allow dough to rise, while maintaining enough coverage to prevent drying out and crusting. They should have finished, clean fabric edges that won’t unravel with repeated use so they don’t end up in your recipe.

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