South African Christmas Trifle : Ribbons Of Red And Green Jello


Trifle, a Dessert with a History

Trifle is said to have it’s origins in foole, a dessert of fruit puree, sugar, and whipped cream. In 1596 Thomas Dawson of England published a recipe consisting of thick cream, ginger, and rosewater. In later years a milk custard and alcohol-soaked bread were added.

Variations of trifle today include fruit, jellies or gelatin, custard, cream, and port or sherry-soaked cake. They are truly tasty and decorative as well.

Today my friend Annejie (pronounced A nee kee) shares with me her old family recipe for a delightful trifle. Annejie is originally from South Africa. She is of Dutch descent and her cooking is divine. To her family, Christmas without trifle would be an American Thanksgiving without turkey.

The British have influenced the South African culture throughout generations. They took over the Cape from the Dutch in 1795. It was returned to the Dutch seven years later and was seized by the British again in 1866. After the discovery of diamonds and gold in SA, the British fought determinedly in the Boer Wars to retain control. SA remained a Dominion of England until 1931.

Annejie’s dishes often reflect English, Dutch, and Malaysian influences.

Planning The Trifle

Annejie plans her trifle in two-day sessions. On day one, she makes the cakes and prepares the Jello. The next day, she cooks her custard, whips the cream and layers the trifle when the custard has cooled.

South African Christmas Trifle

  • 3 Loaves Sugar Cake, cut into bites, recipe below
  • 4 Packages Lime and cherry Jello, large size
  • 8-10 Cups Custard, favorite recipe or packaged
  • 2-3 Cans Fruit Cocktail, tropical, drain and reserve juice
  • 2 Cups Sherry or port wine
  • 1-2 Cups Malted milk balls, optional
  • 1 Quart Whipping cream, whipped


To prepare for her masterpiece Annejie will bake a “sugar cake”. The sugar cake is surprisingly easy. Annejie prefers this recipe because the cake’s texture and consistency are excellent for soaking up the fruit juices and port in the trifle.

Sugar cake recipe:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

This recipe makes one loaf. Annejie needs a large trifle. She will bake 3 loaves of sugar cake.She begins by beating the eggs and then adds the other ingredients one at a time.She explains that a good mixing machine is important for the fluffiness of the batter.


A good quality mixer is important for the batter.












Annejie bakes the sugar cake loaves in a 350-degree oven. They turn out perfectly as she removes them from the hot pans to cool on a cooling rack.

Cooling the sugar cakes on a rack.
Jello Rainbow

The cakes are cooling. Annejie prepares the red and green Jello brand gelatin according to package directions. It will take awhile for the Jello to gel. Meanwhile Annejie stores the sugar cake in air-tight containers. They will be cooled off and sponge-like for the trifle building.

Annejie uses 4 large boxes of red and green Jello for her Christmas trifle
Annejie uses 4 large boxes of red and green Jello for her Christmas trifle.
The Custard

Annejie will next make a custard for the trifle layering. This sounds like it is going to be a bit more difficult but Annejie makes hers with ease.

In the UK custard is a medium-thick sauce and is popular for using in desserts. Many times people want to resort to packaged custard because it is easier. But for the best tasting custard Annejie recommends a homemade custard.

Like most good cooks, Annejie measures, tastes and adds as she cooks. There are many custard recipes available if more precise measuring is desired.

Annejie makes her custard with milk, sugar, vanilla and custard powder. She uses almost a gallon of milk.She purchases custard powder, available in the international foods aisle in most supermarkets. She pours almost the whole gallon of milk into a large sauce pan. She heats the milk, adds some vanilla and begins with one and a half cups of sugar. She uses the rest of the milk to stir up with about 7 serving spoons of the custard powder. (To use eggs, use 8-12 beaten egg yolks).

Over medium heat she stirs the mixture constantly until it is a medium-sauce consistency.Annejie pours her custard into casserole dishes to cool.

Cooling off the custard
Cooling off the custard
The Fruit

The fruit is going to be an important part of the trifle.The fruit juice,combined with port or sherry, helps to give the trifle it’s delicious flavor.The sugar cake will be essential to soaking up the liquids. Annejie chooses tropical fruit cocktail for her trifle.


Annejie uses 3 cans of tropical fruit cocktail


Annejie uses a strainer to drain the fruit juice.She combines the drained fruit cocktail juice with about two cups of port wine. She sets the fruit aside to use in the layering.This trifle is sounding better and better!



Fruit juice from the tropical fruit cocktail is combined with a bit of port.

Instructions For Christmas Trifle Recipe

  1. Prepare the jello. Cut into cubes when set.
  2. Bake sugar or pound cake in advance. Cool
  3. Make custard using your favorite custard recipe. Cool
  4. Drain fruit and reserve
  5. Add fruit juice to sherry or port.
  6. Cut cake into bite-size pieces
  7. Layer ingredients in a large bowl. Cake, custard, Jello, fruit. Toss in a few malted milk balls if desired
  8. Pour liquid over ingredients. Let soak a few hours.
  9. Before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.
The layers begin with slices of sugar cake
The layers begin with slices of sugar cake
Cake, custard, Jello and fruit layers. Add the liquid in between. Malted milk balls add a fun surprise.Top it off with whipped creme.
Cake, custard, Jello and fruit layers. Add the liquid in between. Malted milk balls add a fun surprise.Top it off with whipped creme.

Putting it All Together

All the ingredients prepared, it is time to build the layers of the trifle. Annejie chooses a large glass bowl to make sure everyone can see that it is just as pretty as it is tasty. She begins by placing layers of the sugar cake at the bottom of the bowl. Next goes on some of the custard topped with the red and green jello (which has been cubed).Then she adds some of the tropical fruit cocktail.

Annejie continues to layer the cake, custard, Jello and fruit cocktail. She stops now and again to pour in some of the liquid(fruit juice and port mixture). Often when she makes trifle she will toss in a few malted milk balls here or there for a crunchy surprise but this is optional.

Annejie whips up a quart of real whipping cream to top her creation. Now the traditional Christmas trifle her family loves is ready to adorn the table. It is SO delicious! If you try Annejie’s delightful trifle with ribbons of red and green gelatin, you may just start a family tradition of your own for generations!

Easy Bunny Rolls Recipe Using Crescent Rolls

Walmart’s Bunny Buns

I saw Walmart’s cute life hack idea for bunny buns made from Crescent Rolls while at the checkout for my last Easter shopping. The line was long enough to see it three times on the Walmart Advertising screen.

They looked so cute and easy, now I had to stop at another store on the way home for Crescent Rolls and raisins. The directions were to:


  1. first roll out a triangle into a long rope.
  2. pinch off a bit to form a little ball for the tail.
  3. then roll the long rolls up in a swirl like a number 6.
  4. now form the bunny ears by splitting the top.
  5. add a raisin eye.
  6. brush on an egg white wash
  7. bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes

Easter Bunny Buns for Kids to Make


Walmart’s bunny buns are great for the kids to help make. Most of our’s turned out cute. But you have to have an eye for perspective when putting them together. They weren’t as effortless as the Walmart ad video makes them look. Some of ours looked more like snails with a ball on their neck. So you have to take care to put the tail in the right place.

This could be because there are two ears but only one eye. But the raisins would obviously be too big to use both. One option is to make one ear for a bunny profile. But this makes it look a little like a normal snail.

All in all, our Walmart bunny buns were a success. They’re a bit abstract, but they resemble rabbits well enough. And the recipe is easier than many other bunny bun recipes I’ve seen.

I highly recommend Walmart bunny buns.






Best Easter Ham Glazes

Easy Pineapple Cherry Ham Glaze

Now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. What will be your main dish? Ham is a popular choice. A slow-cooked ham with a tasty glaze and attractive garnish will be a beautiful addition to the Easter Holiday table.

My favorite glaze for ham is a pineapple cherry one that I use to baste a fruited ham. The glaze is made with the juices drained from a 10-ounce jar of Maraschino cherries and a 20 ounce can of sliced pineapple. Following are the ingredients and directions for pineapple cherry ham glaze.


Ingredients for pineapple cherry ham glaze
  • one 20-ounce can pineapple slices, drain and reserve juice
  • one 10-ounce jar Maraschino cherries, drain and reserve juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • one cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • one tablespoon corn starch
  1. drain juices from pineapple and cherries
  2. add juices to saucepan
  3. add the other ingredients
  4. heat on medium heat. stir until the mixture boils.
  5. boil for one minute. remove from heat

Basting Ham with Pineapple Cherry Glaze

I cook my ham in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. I first put a cup of water in the roaster and place the ham in fat side up. I remove the ham half way through the cook time and score it. Then I begin lovingly basting it with the glaze. I continue to cook and baste two or three more times to ensure a juicy and succulent ham.


Garnish for the Ham

About a half hour before the cooking time ends I remove my ham once more. I garnish my ham with the pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries. I return the ham to the oven to finish baking. I turn off the oven at the end of the cooking time and let the ham slowly cool down. And, you guessed it, I baste it yet again with the pineapple cherry glaze.


Best Deviled Egg Recipe

I place my ham on a bed of greens such as endive. I surround my Easter ham with deviled eggs dusted with paprika. The Easter Ham is ready. Now all I need to do is plan is some side dishes. There are so many tasty dishes to go with ham! That should be easy!

Mom’s Best Deviled Egg Recipe:

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • one tsp dry mustard
  • one tsp celery seed
  • one tsp parsley flakes
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • paprika

After cooling the boiled eggs, peel and halve them. Scoop out the yolks and place in a bowl. Mash the yolks using a fork. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Fill the egg white halves with the deviled egg mixture with a spoon or a pastry bag. Dust the eggs with paprika.


Other Ham Glazes

Other Ham Glazes:

Cola Glaze:

This recipe uses maple syrup, brown sugar, cola and Dijon mustard for a truly unique ham glaze.

Honey Glaze:

Dark corn syrup, honey and whole cloves will produce a glaze that mimics the famous one baked with honey!

Orange Glaze:

Apple cider, orange juice and orange marmalade mixes together with mustard and ginger. The result is a tangy sweet ham glaze.

Mango Orange Glaze:

Orange marmalade and mango chutney together with cloves and brown sugar will make a delicious glaze with a tropical twist.

Best Ever Ham Glaze: Orange marmalade and honey mustard must go great together in this truly unique ham glaze recipe.

Make these cute Deviled Egg Easter Peeps to go with your ham.


Easter Bunny Cupcake Centerpiece

Edible Easter Table Centerpiece

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the Bunny Trail. This year, he has brought a bunch of his frisky friends to help hide eggs in the grass for a really cute edible centerpiece. Use this centerpiece to decorate your Easter dinner table.

There are many,many ideas on how to create cute bunny cakes and cupcakes. They are all adorable, and picking the right Easter bunny cake idea can be a bit daunting.

This year, let the kids help put together some Easter Bunny cupcakes using our own unique method. They are easy to make and look really great. The kids will be so proud to have been a part of this project when it’s time for Easter dinner.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Our unique way to create cute Easter Bunny cupcakes is achieved with a few special secrets .

First of all, the inside of a cupcake is as important as the outside. l love strawberry cake and I use strawberry cake mix for yummy Easter bunny cupcakes.

Our bunny cupcakes have ears cut from one side of a Vienna Finger cookie. The special secret is cutting the cookie halves the correct size. If you cut about one-third of the cookie away, the cookie will be a perfect “bunny ear” size. Any more, the bunny will end up looking like a long-eared donkey. Any less, he will look like a little white mouse.

Use the vanilla creme icing scraped away from the cookies. Tint pink with red food dye.

Secret two is in using white mini-marshmallows. One mini-marshmallow sitting on the flat-side-up on each side of a jelly bean nose gives him fat bunny cheeks. Another mini-marshmallow placed round side down and flattened makes two front bunny-teeth when divided with a line of black decorating gel. The decorating gel doubles as a way to add bunny whiskers.

Let’s get started.

Cupcake Baking With Kids
  • Older kids can mix batter.
  • Adults supervise baking, removal for cooling.
  • Younger kids sort jelly beans and M&Ms.
  • Adults supervise and help frost cupcakes.
  • Adults and older kids add features.
Ingredients For Easter Bunny Cupcakes
  • One package strawberry -flavored cupcake mix, eggs, water and oil as given
  • One package jelly beans, assorted
  • One can cream cheese frosting, prepared
  • one tube black decorator gel
  • mini-marshmallows, white
  • miniature M&Ms, green, blue and brown
  1. Prepare your favorite strawberry cake mix as directed for cupcakes. Bake.
  2. Let cupcakes cool. Frost with cream cheese or vanilla frosting.
  3. Add features. Jellybean nose, miniature M&M eyes, puffy marshmallow cheeks and rabbit teeth with mini-marshmallows.
  4. Add whiskers and a line to form bunny teeth with black decorator gel.
  5. Frost and add cookie ears. Insert into slits made with a butter knife.
  6. Add Peter Cottontail and his friends around a green flaky coconut lawn with hidden jelly bean eggs.
Vienna Finger Bunny Ears


Bunny Cupcake Facial Features


Insert Bunny Ears


Peter Cottontail Complete With Whiskers and Big Tooth


(Optional) Sprinkle Bunny Cupcakes with Finely Shredded Coconut


Place all the Peter Cottontails, all with different eye and nose color combinations around a green flaky coconut lawn with jelly bean eggs all hidden and ready for an Easter Egg Hunt!

This should be a great addition to the Easter decor for your holiday table. The kids will be proud to have helped with this family project.

Happy Easter!

Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast Idea: Shamrock Eggs And Green Grits

How to Make Shamrock Eggs with Green Bell Peppers


Those who really love to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day are always looking for ways to add to the day’s festivities. Green suspenders, green beer, Dalmatians with green spots and other such outrageousness.

Start your day on March 17th this year with a breakfast any leprechaun would love. And it’s easy to do. Eggs are baked stove-top in green bell pepper rings. For a southern flair, serve alongside some grits…green ones, of course!

You will need:
  • a skillet with a lid
  • green bell peppers
  • fresh eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley flakes
  • olive oil
  • grits
  • green food dye
How to do:
  1. Cut rings about 1/4 inch thick from the bell peppers.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet.
  3. Add the pepper rings.
  4. Gently crack eggs into the bell pepper rings.
  5. Cover the skillet.
  6. Cook on low until the egg yolks are done.
  7. Remove and sprinkle with the spices.
  8. Cook grits according to package directions.
  9. Add a few drops of green food dye.

Add toast, fruit, or breakfast meat if desired.

Top o’ the Morning to you!
Green Stuff to Order


Easy Easter Dessert Recipes

Easy Simple Easter Desserts

If you find yourself running low on time in preparing Easter dinner don’t skip dessert. These easy dessert recipes are “simply” delicious and take little time to prepare. They are attractive, as desserts are, and budget-friendly to help keep down the cost of Easter dinner. Fresh fruit in Berry Shortcake Stackers and Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie add healthy flavorful color. The Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake is dreamy and easy on the pocketbook. The following recipes and photos will make it difficult to decide just which one to plan. They are so easy and tasty! But Easter dinner is not the only occasion that calls for dessert! These easy dessert recipes will be great all Spring and into Summer-especially as the season for fresh fruit approaches! Local in-season fruit is usually plentiful, less expensive and definitely healthier!

Berry Shortcake Stackers

Berry Short Cake Stackers have fresh blueberries and strawberries for a healthier dessert.

6385914_f248Ingredients for Berry Shortcake Stackers
  • one pint blueberries, fresh
  • one pint strawberries, fresh
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey
  • one loaf store-bought pound cake, sliced


6385917_f248How to Make Berry Shortcake Stackers

Add a pint of blueberries to boiling water just long enough for most of them to pop open. This will help release juice from the berries that will soak into the pound cake.




Slice the strawberries into a bowl. Some strawberries are juicier than others. At your discretion add a tablespoon or so of water. Coat the strawberries with about 2 tablespoons of honey per 8 ounces of berries. Use only a tablespoon for the blueberries. They are naturally sweeter than strawberries. Place a slice of pound cake on a dessert plate. Top with strawberries, Cool Whip, and then add another slice of cake. Continue alternating layers of berries. Top the Berry Stackers with Cool Whip and then garnish with a few berries.


Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake


Turn two simple and inexpensive purchases at the grocery store into this dreamy ice cream cake. You will want to make this easy ice cream cake again over the Summer!

Ingredients for Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake

An Angel-food cake from the store bakery and a carton of strawberry ice cream. That’s it!

6385971_f248How to Make an Ice Cream Cake

Soften the ice cream. Using a large serrated knife, cut the Angel-food cake in half horizontally. Spread the softened ice cream on top of the bottom half. Place the top of the cake on the ice cream layer. Place the ice cream cake in the freezer until the ice cream re-freezes solid. Slice, decorate with strawberries and enjoy!

Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie



The secret to this tasty pie is the almond extract. This will not be the most attractive dessert of the set because a clean cut slice is a bit difficult. But the gourmet-like taste will make up for it! It is relatively low in calories as desserts go and there is plenty of fresh fruit in the pie.

6386021_f248Ingredients for Easiest Ever Strawberry Pie
  • Frozen pie crust (2 or 3 depending on the number of guests),
  • 8 ounces of strawberries per pie
  • Almond extract
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Cool whip or vanilla ice cream.
6386024_f248Easy Strawberry Pie

Thaw the frozen pie crusts for 15 minutes. Add some fork indentions and sprinkle about a teaspoon of almond extract over the bottom and sides. Fill the pie shell with berries and sprinkle 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar over them. Bake at 400 degrees in a pre- heated oven. Cool and serve with Cool Whip or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Saint Patrick’s Day Desserts For Kids: Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float

Lucky Leprechaun Ice Cream Float

Don’t forget a cute and tasty dessert to go with Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner. Kids will love helping to make these fizzy green floats. They get to pick Lucky Charms marshmallow bits out of cereal to use as “sprinkles.”
  1. Place two scoops of lime sherbet in a soda fountain glass.
  2. Fill with ginger ale or club soda.
  3. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  4. Decorate with Lucky Charms marshmallow bits.

Let the kids help make a Simple Irish Supper with corned beef and cabbage. 

Saint Patrick’s Day History

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March every year. It is considered to be the Feast Day of Saint Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland and a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Canada. Worldwide celebrations of Irish culture include special Mass services in Catholic churches and huge parades in major cities.

In the United States New York City, Chicago, and Savannah, Georgia boast having the three largest parade celebrations. There is lots of green everywhere to honor the Emerald Isle. Green clowns, a green Santa, and Dalmatians with their coats dyed green are some of the funny sites to see. In Chicago, the river is dyed green for the day, and in Savannah, the beautiful fountain in Forsyth Park (Forrest Gump) spouts green water. Irish clans wearing green go marching through winding streets and everyone claims to be Irish on that day.

Get in the spirit of the day with the kids by cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help kids learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.

For added fun, make Lucky Leprechauns shakes using the directions after the potato cakes recipe.

Erin Go Braugh! May the luck O’ the Irish be with yee.


Saint Patrick’s Day Cake Idea

Make a Lucky Leprechaun Fruity Rainbow Cake!


Saint Patrick Fun Facts



Saint Patrick was not Irish.He was born British in the yearAD 390

His Family was very wealthy. They had two homes and owned many slaves.

Young Patrick was kidnapped at age 16 and sold into slavery.

He spent six years as a slave on a sheep farm in the chilly Irish hills.

He escaped at age 22 and went home to Wales on a pirate ship.

Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to preach Christianity while in his thirties.

He was beaten by thugs and harassed by Irish royalty.

Saint Patrick did not chase the snakes from Ireland. The snakes can not get through the icy waters surrounding the Isle to inhabit it.

Saint Patrick died in the year AD 461

Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner To Cook With Kids

Simple Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage


Get in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s by  cooking a simple Irish supper of corned beef and cabbage and potato cakes with the kids. It is a traditional Irish meal and will help them learn to associate certain foods with different nationalities. Just as they should understand that pizza is Italian, tacos are Mexican, so should they be aware of Irish culture. After all, we are all Irish for the day.


This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe uses 2 pounds of corned beef, cold water, two onions, a head of cabbage salt and pepper

Step 1: Put corned beef in a large pot. Cover with water. Kids can help with covering with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and skim off grease. Adult needs to do this step.

Step 2Cover pan with a lid. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for one and a half hours. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.

Step 3: Add the onions and cabbage. .Adults. Cover and simmer another 30 minutes. Kids can set the timer, or watch a clock.



Step 4:     Adults. Drain liquid off. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Serve meat on a platter. Kids can arrange onions and cabbage around the meat.




Make Potato Pancakes with the Kids

The Irish are a hardy folk and descendants are proud of their heritage. Making potato cakes with the kids is a good time to make them aware of other cultures and history.

Discuss the Great Famine of Ireland between 1846-1850 when blight wiped out acres and acres of Irish farmland. Potatoes were covered with a black rot. Failing crops caused the food prices to soar. Irish farmers were forced to eat rotting produce from cellars. The population dropped from 8 million to 4 million. A wave of emigration began from Ireland to America and other nations.

Okay. The history lesson is over. Time to make potato cakes! Kids can be more involved in the potato cake process . They will enjoy mashing the potato that the adult has peeled and cooked and then adding flour and rolling out the dough.

Ingredients for Irish Potato Cakes

  • one pound Irish potatoes
  • water
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • healthy oil for frying, sunflower. Canola


Steps for Making Irish Potato Cakes with Kids

Step 1: Put peeled potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with water for boiling. Kids can do.Boil until soft and remove from stove. Adult.

Step 2: Mash potatoes and spread on a pastry board.Kids can do. Spread butter, salt, nutmeg and flour over potatoes. Kids can do.

Step 3: Knead until well mixed. Add extra flour as needed. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Kids can do with direction.

Step 4: Cut into wedges. Kids can do with help

Step 5: Fry in a skillet using a healthy oil. Adult

Step 6: Remove and cool on paper towels. Adult.



Cheese Ball Christmas Tree Ornament: Cheese Ball With Cranberries

Easy Cranberry Cheese Ball 

Fresh rosemary, garlic, and cranberries help flavor this classic Christmas cheese ball. Neufchâtel or cream cheese (your preference) is combined with bold-flavored goat cheese to form an easy-to-make cheeseball.

Neufchâtel versus cream cheese? They’re both basically the same, except Neufchâtel is made entirely of milk fat and cream cheese contains cream.

You can make your cranberry cheese ball look like an ornament by cutting pieces or shapes from red and green peppers. Use a fresh parsley stem or a chive to be the ornament hanger.

Serve your cheeseball Christmas tree ornament with your favorite crackers to add to your holiday spread. A pretty and tasty addition to Christmas and New Year’s parties!

How to Make a Cheeseball Christmas Tree Ornament

  • One 8 oz. package Neufchâtel or cream cheese
  • One tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • One clove chopped garlic
  • One cup crumbled goat cheese
  • One-half cup chopped cranberries
  • Green and red peppers, parsley stem (optional)

Prepare the rosemary and garlic


Cream the cheeses together with an electric mixer.


Stir in the cranberries.


Shape into a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap and chill at least 2 hours. Decorate.

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe: Last Minute Christmas Dessert Idea

Once again, it is just a few days before Christmas. If you find yourself needing just one more dessert dish to get through all the festivities, consider making a pumpkin roll. This easy recipe produces a festive looking and very delicious dessert. It only takes 15 minutes to bake, and looks and tastes like more effort went into its creation than actually did.

There are three great things about a pumpkin roll for the holidays: First, they are really easy and don’t take a lot of time. Secondly, the ingredients are mostly basic items you probably already have on hand. You won’t have to dash out to the grocery store and stand in a two-mile long line for three things. I had canned pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving, which was about the only thing I don’t normally have around. Lastly, a pumpkin roll is both decorative and delicious.

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin rolls are made with pumpkin and flour that, along with eggs, sugar, and spices, produces a really moist cake. It is spread evenly in a jelly roll pan or on a cookie sheet. It is then placed in a moist linen towel that is sprinkled with powdered sugar. The towel is rolled up while the cake cools. Then it is unrolled and spread with a cream cheese filling. Once again, it is rolled up and put in plastic wrap. After chilling, slice the pumpkin cake and serve it cold with a hot beverage like coffee or spiced tea. Delicious!

This year, since I hate that two-mile long last minute line at the grocery store, I created a new twist on taste for my pumpkin roll. I was out of vanilla extract, but I happened to have rum extract. I substituted the rum extract for the vanilla in the recipe and fell in love with the new flavor I created. Give it a try!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Roll

  • One cup Flour, All purpose
  • One cup White sugar
  • Three Eggs
  • One tsp Baking soda
  • One tsp Cinnamon
  • One tsp Nutmeg
  • Three-fourths cup Pumpkin Puree
  • One tsp Rum extract
  • One cup Powdered sugar, Vanilla if preferred
  • One-fourth cup Butter, Softened
  • One 8 ounce package Cream cheese, Softened

Instructions for Making a Pumpkin Roll

1.Combine the flour, sugar, and spices. Preheat oven to 375.


2. Add the eggs and pumpkin. Stir until the ingredients are well blended.


3. Place in greased and floured pan jelly roll pan. Bake in preheated oven for fifteen minutes.
4. Loosen edges with a spatula. Carefully remove the cake.
5. Turn the pan over a damp linen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.


6. Roll up and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
7. Make the filling by creaming  the softened cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. Add rum or vanilla flavoring.
8.  Unroll and remove the cake. Spread the filling on evenly.
9. Roll the pumpkin roll up again without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill several hours.
10. Slice and serve.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 12-15 slices of pumpkin roll

Serving the Pumpkin Roll

Served cold, pumpkin roll is perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch. Have guests in for afternoon coffee and serve slices of pumpkin roll. A creme-filled pumpkin roll is great to add to the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day buffet

Pumpkin rolls can also make great pre-planned gifts. They can be wrapped in foil and stored in the fridge. Then slice and put in a pretty tin.