Maybe because it's spring I have been thinking about Jackie often. Seems this time of year rolled around and not a day went by that we didn't talk about what we were gonna plant this year or do on our porches.
If you knew Jackie, you knew she was a great cook. The old fashioned kind, the throw it together and come out with something wonderful kind. But probably for her family and mine she was most famous for her cinnamon rolls. Ohhh how I loved the days she would work after a holiday cause we would always get the left overs (or should I say the extra pan she would make and hide from her family).
As I was scrolling through the old blog posts today looking for some pictures of Seth and Dan, I decided it would be good to make something and POST IT! and since it was a little blustery this morn this sounded perfect (plus it is almost a holiday and Jackie loved her holidays).
We had talked for years about her teaching a class and of course we never got around to it...so one day I called and had her "talk" over the recipe.... as you can probably guess it was ," a little of this" "until it feels like this" and "looks like this" so I wrote down as near as I could come up to a recipe...and while I don't make them very often and of course while they will NEVER taste as GOOD as her's they have also never failed.
So 1st you have to guess on the whole milk thing....I remember her saying about a half of pan....OK half of what size pan....but it does work ...so about half a pan of milk...3 cups or so
bring to a boil and then cool back down until it is warm to touch.
once the milk is cooled (but still warm) dump in 2 or 3 packages of yeast...and of course a spoonful of sugar.
1 cup of crisco, 1 cup sugar, dash of salt, 1/4 cup soft butter, and 2 eggs
mix up and then let the fun begin by adding in some flour...once again no real specifics probably 5 to 6 cups...
start slow and add a little as you go until it starts to look like this. Then dump out and start kneading. You want the dough to not be sticky but don't over do on the flour...
put in a bowl, cover, and let rise...I use my Auntie Ber's old bread bowl...my fav, chips and all. I usually turn the oven on to warm up for a bit then turn it off and leave the door open while the dough raises. (especially on a cool day)
when it raises, roll out into a long rectangle. (I usually do it in two rolls) And just in case your family has hide the rolling pin from where it usually goes...you can always use a can of pop.
Once you have it rolled throw on some melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon...the more the better.
roll up and then slice in about 1 1/2 slices
put in greased baking dish...this made about 20
soooo good! And really I don't think you can mess it up....
Miss you my dear friend!!!!