Sunday, May 18, 2008

Grandma Gadd's cinnamon rolls

I asked my grandmother for this recipe about 15 years ago, not long before she died. I then somehow misplaced it and had given up hope of ever finding it again. Well two days ago I found the recipe and of course had to make it as soon as I found it. I have to say the taste was even better than I remember, granted the last time I ever ate the ones grandmother made was around 1992. I made her frosting and I made some with the cream cheese frosting that I prefer. However I have to say her frosting tasted much better today to me. Maybe because its been so long since I've had them or if its more suited for her recipe. The top roll in the picture is made with grandma's glaze and the washed out one is the cream cheese glaze which for some reason in 20 pictures was always washed out. So here is her recipe for cinnamon rolls, I made 41 rolls with this recipe:
5 1/2-6 cups flour
2 packages of yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water (wam water)
1/4 cup softened butter
2 eggs
Combine all and knead for about 10 minutes. Cover and let rise until double.
Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Spread melted butter over the entire dough. Sprinkle between 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups sugar over the butter. Then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon cinnamon over the sugar. Start at one end and roll tightly. Once the dough has been rolled cut into slices, the thickness depending on how big and thick you want your rolls. Cover and let rise until about double in size.
Cook at 350 for about 15 minutes. Time depends on the size and thickness so keep an eye on them. While still hot from the oven ice with the following glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
3 to 4 tablespoons coffee

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