I come from a long line of bakers, including my great-grandmother, Elizabeth. My grandmother likes to tell a story about how her nephew, Tom, always loved the center cinnamon roll. One morning, he passed when the rolls came around, saying he was too full. Everyone else at the table knew he was actually hoping they would come back around to him—including my great-uncle, who took the center roll on purpose! (Clearly, I’ve inherited not only my baking ability, but also my contrary nature from that side of the family).
I frequently think about that story when I make these cinnamon rolls. Now, I always make my grandmother a batch when I visit her, and I freeze them individually so she can have them whenever she would like. (If you’d like to do that, after you shape the rolls, place them on a baking sheet—not touching—and freeze until firm. Transfer to an airtight container until you’re ready to bake. Then, thaw on your baking sheet overnight in the refrigerator, and let the roll(s) rise for about 30 minutes at room temperature before baking). I love knowing my grandmother can have a delicious cinnamon roll, even if I’m not there to make them for her.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try this Mother’s Day (or any day) and make them for someone you love.
For over 100 years, mothers have had a special day that honors the care, love and guidance they provide to their children. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and many of us are blessed with more than one special woman in our life – aunts, sisters, grandmothers, friends, mentors. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d like to share a story each day from now until May 10 from our Wilton Test Kitchen as well as our Wilton Sweet Treat Team honoring the females who have inspired them most.