When my mother was in college she waited tables at a local restaurant that served a "secret recipe" honey roll that everyone loved. My mom and my aunt who both worked there would watch through a window while the rolls were made, trying to guess the ingredients. Finally after searching through some cookbooks from the early 1900's they found the recipe. It has been a family favorite ever since. Many years later and now my children are serving these rolls to friends and family that they want to impress. To save time we started using frozen bread dough, but any good yeast roll recipe with work.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Sweet and light, this is a terrific choice for breakfast any day of the week!
butter (no substitutions!), softened
loaves frozen bread dough, or make your own favorite yeast roll recipe
If using frozen bread dough, thaw according to package directions. Cut each loaf into 12 pieces. If using your own dough recipe, divide into 24 pieces. Lightly butter (2) 9x13 baking dishes. with lightly floured hands, roll dough into "rope" shape, then coil into "snail" shape roll and place in the prepared baking pan. Repeat with each piece of dough, placing 12 rolls into each pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with nonstick pan coating spray. Let rise in a warm place until rolls have doubled in size.
While the rolls are raising, prepare the honey batter. In a glass or stainless steel bowl that is completely clean and residue free, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Blend in the softened butter until well combined, then blend in the honey. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and space the racks evenly.
When the rolls have fully risen, place a very generous dollop of batter on every roll, making sure that each one is covered well. Place the pands in the preheated oven and bake for 45 - 50 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the rolls are cooked through. Allow the rolls to cool slightly and serve warm. When serving use a good spatula that will go all the way under the roll and the gooey honey goodness that is underneath.