Do you want to see this author geek out? Just tell me you read something I wrote in a newspaper. It is like Christmas morning! Yes, I wrote the article. Yes, I thought it might be published. And yet, every time I cannot contain my joy. It is like opening a new book and smelling the pages (Confess true book lovers, you know you’re closet book sniffers).
The Deseret News Mormon Times (I know- didn’t we all rebrand ourselves?) published an article by several authors detailing the way they prepare for General Conference. It is filled with wonderful ideas. But, as for me and my house? We prepare with Celestia Sappenfield’s Cinnamon Rolls, lovingly known as Mom’s or Grandma’s Rolls. They have kept us together for General Conference for more than 40 years.
The only person happier than me to see the newspaper story was my dad, Jeffrey Sappenfield. You see, there is nothing my father loves better than reading a newspaper. Not on a Kindle, but a real paper newspaper. The kind that is thrown on your porch.
Growing up, my brother’s and sister’s knew that for my father, his mother, and all of the relatives, newspaper reading was to be taken seriously. All pages were to be read. Every front page story was to be discussed. And then the paper was folded lovingly for the next reader. My job was to cut out all the good political cartoons and paste them in my notebook.
We also knew that dad came home after 5 PM. He would walk in the door with the paper. He would sit in his lounger and read, cover to cover. if we wanted the keys to the car, we let dad finish the paper before we asked. It felt like an eternity.
Today is my father’s birthday. I won’t give away his age, but I will say the older I get, the younger he seems. It may be silly, but seeing an article in a newspaper about his family by his daughter (me!) was the perfect gift. Tonight, when I say my prayers, I will thank the appropriate person.
And here is the recipe!
Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls
Preheat Oven to 425
In this century – Use parchment paper on a thick Costco Baking Pan
In a very large bowl (Yeast hates metal) add 1 and 1/2 cup water. Make sure it is 110 degree (Yeast likes warm)
Add 3 Tablespoons Yeast (Rapid rise is okay – use fresh new yeast)
Add 4 Tablespoons….or more…sugar
Let this rest for 15 minutes. Yes – the ENTIRE 15 minutes. Let the yeast have a party.
Add 2 eggs
3 Tablespoons oil (I like to use melted and cooled real butter)
Add 2 cups warm milk – 110 degrees (Not too hot! You will kill the yeast)
Take 1 Tablespoon of Salt and add it to a cup of flour and set it aside.
Gently mix in 4 cups flour
Add your 1 cup salt and flour
Add 3 more cups until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl
Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot in your kitchen. Let the dough rise until double.
On a clean surface (There is more dough than you think) roll out the dough until it is a thick rectangle. Pour melted and cooled real butter allllll over it.
Mix a bag of brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Sprinkle it generously all over the butter. Roll the dough and slice into cinnamon rolls.
Place them on the parchment paper on your baking tray and let them rise for a few minutes.
Bake 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees
Frost with a mixture of powdered sugar, 1 TBL real butter, 1 tsp vanilla, and water. Serve hot with MORE butter.
Next week- The Gluten Free, Dairy Free Cinnamon Bun recipe for me…sigh…