Saturday, May 22

Banana Bread Roll

I know, this may seem like a really simple recipe but to tell you the truth, I had never made a "roll" before now. As I have said before, common recipes are not something that attracts me. For some reason I start out with the difficult/different ones and then here lately I spot a traditional one and think, "hey, what a minute, that looks really pretty!" Of course, I have to go off and change it up a bit to make it more original but, I must say, this one stayed pretty similar and I was pleased.

Now about accomplishing "the roll"!! Unless you have been demonstrated the technique of "the roll" or are extremely smart (which I had neither) "the roll" might be a challenge! After my first attempt, I screamed. Literally. P insisted, "the attempt roll" tasted awesome. That's the joy of having a husband that will try any of even my ugliest creations. I promise, this guy was awful. Despite its looks, P would rave over it each time he so sweetly reminded me of the nightly dessert time. On a side note- I know a dessert is REALLY good when 8pm rolls around and he won't stop bugging me about it being "the time". Boy have I got that man trained! :) or spoiled!
I also brought over a sample to another man, that I know, who will eat anything I try...Flo! He had the same rave reviews. I on the other hand was completely UNsatisfied.

If you don't believe me on its utter hideousness check this out-

The first (ugly) roll only made me have a bigger desire to get it right the next time! See, I had originally created a roll recipe to bring to the girls at work as they're goodbye/thank-you treat before I left for Dallas. Since I made a disaster, I had to at least make something else for them! It was ON! I ended up making a roll similar to the well known pumpkin roll but converted it to a banana roll. Instead of cream cheese filling, I made a lighter cinnamon filling. When this one turned out, I was jumping up and down- "I made the roll!", "I made the roll!"
The girls at work dove in so fast I am unsure if it actually tasted good. haha
All I cared about? IT TURNED OUT!!

Banana Bread Roll
recipe adapted from Libby's Pumpkin Roll

for the cake-
Powdered sugar
3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 t. salt
3 eggs
1 C sugar
2/3 C mashed banana (2 medium bananas)
1/2 C roasted walnuts (really chopped up)

for the filling-
3/4 cup (6 ounces) heavy cream
2 tablespoons yogurt
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 15×10 inch jelly-roll pan (also known as half sheet pan); line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside. Spread out a clean, thin dish towel on the counter (make sure the towel is larger than your jelly roll pan); sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (this can be done using a mesh strainer).
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
3. In a large bowl combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add banana; beat until well mixed.
4. Stir in flour mixture into egg mixture. Gently fold in walnuts. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, easing it carefully to the corners with a spatula.
5. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.
6. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert cake onto the prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot, starting with 10-inch side. Cool completely on wire rack (will take at least an hour). Just to make double sure, I put mine in the fridge.
7. When cake is almost completely cooled, make the filling: Combine the ingredients in a 1 1/2 quart deep mixing bowl, and whip them until some cream dropped from the beater or whisk does not disappear on the surface of the mixture in the bowl.
8. When cake has cooled completely, unroll (slowly) and spread with filling then re-roll cake. Wrap rolled cake in plastic wrap then refrigerate at least one hour (overnight is best).
9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to make it presentable and pretty.

P liked the other one so much I may attempt that one again with my newly learned techniques. 1. REALLY cover the towel you roll the cake with liberally with powdered sugar. 2. Let the cake cool down COMPLETELY. 3. SLOWLY un-roll the cooled down cake.
It seams to me a lot of my problems are inpatients. I guess there are good times to take it "slow" in the kitchen...I have A LOT to learn! :)


  1. This is gorgeous. I love rolls, but I've never made one. Someone always brings one to our office during the holidays..but it's always pumpkin. I love pumpkin, but banana is making me drool!

  2. OMG this roll looks DELISH. Don't talk so down on your creation I would scarf it any day :-)


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