I have always been known to be a bit impulsive.
Like the time I bought my Jeep Cherokee. I bought it without taking it for a test drive. I liked the color, it had air conditioning and low mileage. Sold! And I had it for eleven years. Or the time I drove to Washington D.C. from Boston on a Friday night to see a friend because I was bored. Please keep in mind that these were some of my antics from many years ago. I am a bit more responsible now. Well.....almost.
My absolute peach of an uncle has been ill. Radiation treatments tend to do that. (Oh I'm sorry....have I mentioned yet that cancer sucks?) So last weekend I impulsively booked an airline reservation and was on a plane headed south within 24 hours. However, not before visiting one of my uncle's favorite Dorchester bakeries to purchase a few loaves of fresh "bakery bread" and a dozen Black and White cookies. When I landed at the airport in South Carolina, I rented a car and drove out to their house in the country. Unannounced. Because I thought it would be more fun that way.
These are the gates at the very end of their driveway. Yes, that's my cousin Marg's house in the background. My uncle and cousins built it and it is stunning! Stunning I tell you. What's that? No, ...it's not really that close to my Aunt and Uncle's house. Okay, okay.....it's in their front yard. But they have a really, really, really BIG front yard.
This is my aunt and uncle's dining room. Lots and lots of chocolate has been
My uncle is a builder....and he is a great builder too. Not only of homes, but also of dreams. He, my aunt and cousins have created such a successful business in the South....it's a family business which has been steadily built on a foundation of blood, sweat and tears. All of it.........back breaking work.
Anyway, during my surprise Labor Day visit, I thought it would be fun to get everyone involved in a recipe. What better than a big batch of homemade Cinnamon Rolls? The recipe belongs to Pioneer Woman (Ree) and I have to tell you that it is the perfect recipe to get a group of people involved in. Everyone can and did help. My uncle Bill sat comfortably in a large easychair in the corner of the kitchen, happy to be in the midst of all the hustle bustle and confusion. His eyes twinkled as he followed my every move at the stove. He told me that he also had a recipe for Cinnamon Rolls and he used to make them all the time.
The recipe for these Cinnamon Rolls is an easy one. Although I'll list ingredients through the photographs, here's the full recipe. Because once you've tried these babies, there's no goin' back. Ever. You'll be hooked. Your family will be hooked. Your friends won't be able to look upon your face without drooling. So fasten your seatbelts, you're in for a wild ride.... because after you taste these rolls, your life will never be quite the same again.
Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls
1 - 2 lb. bag of powdered sugar
But always, always, always play a little touch football while the dough is rising. It's so good for the soul.
Start by having a helper with a giant hand sprinkle flour over a clean and dry work surface.
DANG! Look at the butter oozing all over the counter. Who's got a spoon?
In case you're wondering, the reason why I don't use all of the dough at the same time is because the roll would be 6 feet long! Trust me, it's much easier to do one half at a time.
Once the slices are in the pans, set them aside for about 20 minutes for a final rise before baking.
When it's finished, it will look like this....sweet and rich.....just like I like my............ oh, never mind.
Now carefully, without fainting again......pour over each pan of warm rolls.
Once again, I found that at this stage of the baking process, many faces magically appeared in the kitchen. It happens almost everytime I bake at Graceland. Some of the faces are familiar. Some, I've never seen before. Where do they come from? The answer is as plain as the corn grown in the fields along the country roads.
"If you bake it......