Friday, December 24, 2010

King of Norway Cinnamon Rolls

My mom tells the story of how Mama Jean came upon these special cinnamon rolls. One time (in the early 60s) her family was on their way from Norway back to the US on a boat. Apparently, in those days you didn't travel overseas on planes. So, one morning the most amazing cinnamon rolls were served. Mama Jean went back to the kitchen and asked the chef for his recipe. He kinda laughed her off and said something to the effect of, "I'm the former head baker for the King (of Norway) and I don't think I could every just tell you how to make the rolls; I'd have to show you." So, she gave him their address in a little city outside of Oslo and went on her merry way thinking she'd never hear from him again.

A few months later, they had returned to Norway, and there was a knock on the door to their apartment. And low and behold, it was the baker from the ship. Dressed in his official King of Norway baking outfit. And he proceeded to make cinnamon rolls with her in her kitchen. And we've made them every Christmas to eat on Christmas morning (along with sausage balls). The "official" - at least in my mind - recipe:

2 cups milk (I use 2%)
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 packages yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
5 cups flour

1 box powdered sugar

Warm milk to luke warm. Melt butter in the milk.

Beat eggs slightly.

Add to the milk mixture.

Add the sugar...

and the salt....stir....

Add the yeast...

Move to a bowl (not metal--bread won't rise in a metal bowl) and use a wooden spoon to stir (bread won't rise using a metal whisk).

 Add flour to the right consistency about five cups.

There is not a picture of the next step (because I cannot follow directions) and thus my rolls didn't rise as much as they should have. Dump the mixture on a floured surface (lay down wax paper for easier clean-up) and knead (fancy word for beat) for about 10 minutes. If you're angry about anything this is a good time to take it out on something.

Grease your bowl with oil, put in the dough, turn dough over. Cover with a dish twol and let rise to double (about 2 hours). If you dough doesn't seem to be rising, try boiling a pot of water near the bowl. Also, make sure to leave it under the stove light.

Roll out to thin.

Stoke melted butter generously.

Sprinkle sugar...

Then cinnammon (and pecans if you like them).

Roll from the long end (like a jelly roll).

Dip a knife in flour and cut small rounds.

Placed on a greased pan and let rise about one hour.

To make icing: sift about one box of powdered sugar. Add a small amount of milk and stir in a little vanilla.

Poor icing over cinnamon rolls.

Bake at 400 for 10 to 12 minutes.

Serve with hot chocolate and enjoy!


About Us said...

I think that is a "hot" santa mug....

Kara Givens Paulk said...

@ Sis--That is NOT mom's mug...I did not STEAL it. Kroger had them on sale a few weeks ago...I have two! Maybe I'll find you some:)