Friday, January 06, 2006

Amazing Banana Nut Roll

You first spread the filling and then the cake batter. When baked and removed from the pan the filling is on top and ready to roll.

1 8-ounce package cream cheese,softened
1 3-ounce package cream cheese,softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
4 egg whites
1/2 cups granulated sugar
Powdered sugar
Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate-flavored syrup (optional)

Lightly grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Line bottom with waxed paper; grease paper. Set aside.


Combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar in a small mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium till smooth. Add whole egg and milk; beat till combined; set aside.

Stir together flour, baking powder, bakin gsoda in a medium bowl; set aside. Beat egg yolks and vanilla in a small bowl with an electic mixer on medium speed about 5 minutes or till thick and lemon color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar, beating till sugar is dissolved. Stir in banana and nuts.

Beat egg whites in a large mixing bowl on medium speed till soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating on high speed till stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold egg yolk into egg whites. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over egg mixture; fold in just till combined.

carefully spread the batter evenly over the filling in the pan. Bake in a 375 degree F. Oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till cake spring back when lightly touched.

Immediately loosen the cake from sides of pan and turn out onto a towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Carefully peel off paper. Starting with a narrow end, roll up cake using towel as a guide. (do not roll towel into cake). Cool completely on wire rack.

Spread top with cream cheese frosting. If desired drizzle with chocolate flavor syrup.

Makes ten servings

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Combine half of a 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a small mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed till light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup unsifted powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to make a spreadable frosting. Makes 1/2 cup.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cooking 1995

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