The majority of my favorite childhood memories include food in some way – BBQ on Christmas Eve, a specific restaurant on Hilton Head each family vacation, magic muffins at volleyball tournaments, the same meal on my birthday for years, etc..
Isn’t it funny how later in life those meals are no longer just a dish, but have a memory associated to them? Making spaghetti reminds me of my Grandmom and all our meals in their kitchen over the years, boiled peanuts make me think of Hunter’s North Carolina family, and so on.
I love sharing some of our family recipes and this is definitely a favorite! My grandma, Rollene, makes these delicious sweet rolls that we just devour. It makes me think about being at home in my pajamas eating breakfast with my mom and sister. They will fill you with warmth (or maybe that’s the sugar high) and are a sweet start to your day!
Rollene’s Sweet Rolls
- 1 package Fleishman original yeast
- 1/2 C warm water, separated into 2 fourths
- 1 t and 1/4 C sugar, separated
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 C vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 C King Arthur bread flour
- 1/3 stick butter, melted
- 1/3 C brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 C powdered sugar, sifted
Mix 1 package of yeast with 1/4 cup warm water in a liquid measuring bowl. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and let stand while it rises.
In a big bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 c vegetable oil, and 1/4 cup warm water to the eggs. Add your yeast mixture and 2 1/2 cups flour to the bowl and mix well. Let it sit and rise to double in size, ~ 1 hour.
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll out the dough (not too thin!) and spread with melted butter, then sprinkle the brown sugar / cinnamon mixture on top. Roll into a long log, and slice into 18-20 individual rolls, using a bread knife for ease.
Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let the dough rise another hour. Bake at 400 degrees for ~10 minutes depending on the thickness of your rolls. Watch the oven to make sure you don’t overcook them!
After rolls have baked and are still warm, mix ~1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar and just enough milk to make it pourable. Spoon over rolls, and enjoy!
Tip: You can wrap up the rolls individually and freeze them in a large bag, so it’s easy to just reheat one (or more) for breakfast each morning. It might not be healthy, but it sure is delicious!
I’m so happy I have these recipes from my Grandma, and family, to cherish for years to come and eventually pass down to another generation. I hope you enjoy these as much as our family does!