Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Addie's Rolls

It's hard to believe my 12 Days of Christmas are almost over. If you've been reading my blog for the last month, no doubt by now the depth of my Christmas baking obsession has become obvious. I could pretend like I think it's something I should change, but we both know I'd be lying. And in a friendship as close as ours, there's just no room for that kind of dishonesty.  All I can say is this, thank goodness my Christmas baking frenzy only comes around once a year. Otherwise, I'd have to start buying my Pajama Jeans in bulk.
But of all the recipes I make each year, there's one that clearly stands out above the rest. It's from this irresistibly adorable woman- Addie McFarland. Addie was Graham's grandmother and she was the kind of woman who made 3 hot meals a day- every day- for her husband and two sons. She made it look effortless and it was a gift she lovingly gave them, day in and day out. Everything she made was delicious, but one of her specialties was something we called Addie's Rolls. They were a type of sticky bun made with cinnamon and sugar. I'm not sure when she first started making these rolls of fabulous-ness for her own family, but they've been part of our Christmas morning for over two decades. Nothing happens in our house until they're in the oven and baking away. They're delicious, super easy to make and Addie told me I could share the recipe with you- so here's how it's done.
These rolls are so easy to make, in fact, I'll skip the whole recipe card thing. It's less about the measurements and more about the technique when making Addie's Rolls. You'll need these four ingredients, though- the most important one being the Rhodes Dinner Rolls. In the past, despite my better judgement, I once made these with another brand of frozen dough. Years later, my family still hasn't quite forgiven me for that faux pas, but they're working on it. Lesson learned- don't mess with Addie's Rolls. The woman knew what she was doing.
My kiddos have been in charge of making these rolls on Christmas Eve since forever. My job has always been to put the frozen dough nuggets in a greased pan and to put them in a warm place to rise. 
Put out as many rolls as you think your family will eat. This year, I used restraint and only put out four and a half dozen. Obviously, I've finally achieved master status when it comes to self control.  *cough, cough*  I usually put them out around 2pm, so by the time we get home from evening Mass around 9 pm, the dough has doubled in size and is ready to work with. It should look a lot like the picture above.
The steps in making these sticky buns are very straight forward. Simply roll each piece of dough into a snake. 
Hand said snake over to your big brother, who makes sure it is completely coated in melted buttery goodness. 
Pass it on to your big sister, who then rolls it in cinnamon and sugar. Don't spend money on the premixed stuff- it's too expensive and so easy to make on your own. Just mix 3 tablespoons of cinnamon in 2 cups of sugar and it'll taste perfect. 
When it's completely covered in cinnamon sugar, tie it in a knot.
Place each knot back in the greased baking dish. Don't they look so cute in there? They're like little cinnamon sugar coated soldiers- all in a row. Cover each pan with saran wrap and put them in the fridge to rise overnight.
When you wake up in the morning, they'll look just like this. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and pop them in there for 20 to 22 minutes.
This is how they should look when your timer goes off. Place them on the counter and set your timer for another 5 minutes so they can cool in the pan for a bit.
After 5 minutes, you want to flip them out -upside down- onto a piece of aluminum foil. Be careful here. All the melted butter and sugar is hot. Use your oven mitts and keep all your kiddos out of the way, just in case.
Hello, Addie's Rolls! Now the party can really start. These babies taste best when you eat them right away. I'm sure they're just as delicious the next day, but no one in my family has had a chance to test that theory.  I'm 100% confident if you make these for your family, they'll become a Christmas tradition for you too. And if you love them so much, you end up making them all year round? No worries- I've heard Pajama Jeans has started making shorts.






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