Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Recently J found his great grandmother's (which would make her "great great grandma" to Ronan) recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls. There was just something special about the torn and fragile state of the paper, the fading ink, and the idea that years ago his grandma would wake up on any given morning to make these for her family. And now, my husband is making them for our family. Family recipes are something special that can't be replaced by anything other than generation after generation continuing the legacy of those comforting smells filling the kitchen. So Ronan, J, and I spent this chilly winter Tuesday morning in the kitchen together to do just that. (recipe found at the bottom of the post)

Great Great Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons soft/melted butter

1/4 cup brown or granulated sugar
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup confectioners sugar (sifted)
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1. Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
2. Add shortening and cut in until fine
3. Add milk all at once and stir until dough sticks together. Form a ball.
4. Turn out on lightly floured board
5. Knead 5 or 6 times. Handle dough lightly and work quickly!
6. Roll dough to about a 12"x8" rectangle- 1/4 in thick
7. Brush with melted butter or spread on soft butter
8. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture
9. Roll up like a jelly roll; pinch edges together and shape into an even roll
10. Cut into 12 even slices
11. Place in greased pan (cake, ring mold, or cookie sheet) closely
12. Brush tops with milk or melted butter
13. Bake at 450* for 15 minutes
16. Pour icing over rolls
17. ENJOY!

with love,
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