Grandma Delsie's Cinnamon Rolls
- 3/4 c
- 1/2 c
- 1/2 c
- 1 tsp
- 2 pkg
- active dry yeast
- 1/2 c
- warm water(120 t0 115 degrees)
- 41/4 c
- 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 cups sifted flour
EVERY TIME I BAKE THESE FOR MY FAMILY, MY FIRST MEMORY OF THESE ROLLS COMES BACK TO ME. I WAS 4 YEARS OLD AND I WAS OUT ON THE TRACTOR WITH GRANDPA ONE CHILLY MORNING AND WE HAD JUST LEFT THE BARN AND WE WERE MOVING HAY TO THE PASTURE FOR HIS COWS.
I CAUGHT A WHIFF OF SOMETHING IN THE AIR. I
SAID, "GRANDPA, WHAT IS THAT GOOD SMELL? HE LIFTED HIS HEAD AND SNIFFED THE AIR, AND SAID, "OOH WEE! GRANDMA'S BAKING CINNAMON ROLLS.
.” I WAS SITTING ON HIS LAP AND HE TURNED THAT TRACTOR AROUND SO FAST THAT I ALMOST FELL OFF. WE GOT TO THE HOUSE AND RACED INSIDE THE KITCHEN DOOR AND I GUESS GRANDMA HAD BEEN WATCHING US FROM THE WINDOW.
SHE WAS STANDING THERE WITH HER ROLLING PIN, SLAPPING IT IN HER HAND. SHE LOOKED STERNLY AT GRANDPA AND SAID, “IF YOU EVER DRIVE THE TRACTOR LIKE THAT AGAIN WHILE THAT CHILD IS WITH YOU, YOU’RE GOING TO BE SEEING STARS."
GRANDPA AND I SAT DOWN AND GRANDMA PLACED A GLASS OF MILK AND ONE OF THOSE BIG CINNAMON ROLLS IN FRONT OF US, AND WHEN GRANDMA HAD HER BACK TO US, I LEANED IN AND WHISPERED, “GRANDPA, THIS IS SO YUMMY, I THINK IT’S WORTH SEEING THE STARS.”
GRANDPA SMILED BACK AT ME AND WINKED AND FROM THEN ON WHEN I WAS WITH GRANDPA ON THE TRACTOR I WOULD SAY, “GO FASTER GRANDPA,” AND HE WOULD REPLY, “NO SIREE, GRANDPA DON’T WANT TO SEE STARS TODAY,” AND WE WOULD LAUGH AND GIGGLE.
Roll up the rectangle lengthwise as for jelly roll: Seal the edges and cut into 1 inch slices. Put cut side down in 2 well greased square baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. Brush butter on the tops very lightly.
Note 1: For icing, mix 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with milk or cream to enable spreading consistency, and add 1/2 tsp, vanilla and a dash of salt. Frost while rolls are still warm.
Note 2: Though this dough can be made by hand mixing, I mixed the dough in my Kitchen Aid mixer. I let the Kitchen aid mixer knead the dough for 10 minutes on low and then I hand kneaded the dough another 5 minutes before placing them in the bowl to rise.
Note 3. I like to let my dough rise in the oven. I cover it with a lightweight cloth and put it in the oven. I put a shallow pan of hot water beneath the bowl of dough on a lower rack in the oven.
Note 4: I cut the rolls between 1 1/2 inches and 2 inches because grandma’s cinnamon rolls were always big. These can be baked in round, rectangle, or square pans.