The Washington Times-Herald


November 1, 2011

Pumpkin roll to try on friends

WASHINGTON — For the past week my niece Pamela has been Facebooking about baking a pumpkin roll.

Pam has taken up cooking lately and is trying a lot of different things. She made zucchini bread and made raspberry jam. (Both of which I got to try, and they were very good.) But to jump from zucchini bread to a pumpkin roll is a big leap. A pumpkin roll requires some skill at forming the cake and spreading the filling. It requires special baking equipment and a very good oven to make sure the cake is baked just right.

Each day she’d post a short message about this pumpkin roll she was planning to bake. She talked about preparations and planning her day off to make this culinary creation.

She also promised she would bring the finished product to work. To me, this was a dangerous promise. What if it doesn’t turn out well? What if it fails completely? She has now promised an office of forensic scientists and law enforcement officers a delicious treat.

I should mention that my niece is a crime scene investigator. She works for the Fort Wayne Police Department and specializes in fingerprints. She has a degree in biology from Hanover University and has received other special training for her career in crime fighting. This was not an easy crowd she’d promised this pumpkin roll too.

So, after five days of commenting on the roll, the big day finally arrived and ...... nothing! Not a Tweet, an email, a fb message ..... nothing.

Now I’m left to wonder if the pumpkin roll was a disaster, or such a success she didn’t want to brag.

I’ll share with you a very good recipe for pumpkin roll, but before you tell people you’re going to bake one, please, try it out. After all, I haven’t heard from my niece for a few days, and while I’m sure she’s fine, you just never know.

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