There are very few recipes that my mom still uses from my childhood. Cooking…and eating…have changed. “Homestyle” isn’t always “healthy” anymore. We use less butter, less sugar, fewer eggs. We put spinach in smoothies, and make whole wheat pasta. My mom has kept up with with every health (not diet) trend out there and insists on cooking what is best for her family. As a result, we no longer have that cheesy chicken spaghetti I used to love, and I can’t remember the last time she made fried chicken. But, it’s all okay because a couple of times a year, I get her homemade cinnamon rolls. This is not a “21st century” recipe. Don’t substitute apple sauce for eggs and skip out on the butter. Accept that it will be bad for you, but oh-so-good and every now and then absolutely worth it!
It all starts with Refrigerator Dough, which can actually be used for just about anything–loaves of sandwich bread, dinner rolls, doughnuts. Here’s the original recipe mom has used ever since I was a kid:
When she sent me the image though, she–like any good chef–wanted to ensure that I included all of her secrets and adaptations:
I use real butter, not margarine.
I blend the 2 mixtures as it says in my KitchenAid. Then, I just keep adding the flour and let my KitchenAid do the work.
I suggest spraying a container with Pam before placing the dough. It makes clean up much easier. Or you can coat it with oil if you prefer not to use Pam.
To transform the dough into cinnamon rolls, the night before (because it is easier) I roll out the dough thinly and layer melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and nuts (if desired). Jelly roll the dough. Cut into even sized slices and place in pan. Lightly cover. Let rise overnight in refrigerator. If you do it the morning of, then you need about 2 hours for preparation and rising.
Place in a 375 to 425 degree oven til nice and golden.Top with powdered sugar that has been blended with cream cheese and a little milk to make it the consistency of icing. Yum!
Of course, she wouldn’t include a timeframe or measurements. Moms never know how they actually do what they do. But trust me, this recipe is worth figuring out, for those times when you need a little homemade indulgence!