Feather Rolls for Holiday Meals

Rolls for a special dinner should be soft and buttery and have you wanting at least seconds if not thirds. They should also be served warm. That’s just how it is. Now, I’ve posted Aunt Annie Rolls before and those are super good. We make these for holiday dinners all the time. However, when my friend made these Feather Rolls with me on the boat one year, I fell in love.

Feather Rolls

Thank you to my friend, Glen Rines, and the women in his family, for passing this recipe down through the generations. May our holiday meals always be as delicious as yours were.

Feather Rolls

Feather Rolls

6 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast; about 2 packages of yeast or 1 large yeast cake
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup melted salted butter

Put water, sugar and yeast into a large bowl and add salt. Add 1 cup of flour and beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs, unsalted butter and beat for another minute. Add the rest of the flour and stir until dough is firm. Let rise 1 hour. Remove from bowl onto a floured counter top. Roll the dough out to about 3/4-inch thick and cut into rounds with a large biscuit or the outside of a doughnut cutter (without the hole). Brush both the top and bottom of the rounds with butter and fold in half. Place them on a rimmed 12 x 17 inch baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until they are doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until the rolls are cooked through and golden brown on the top. Serve warm.

Makes about 25 rolls

Annie
Here’s to passing down recipes!

Snickerdoodle Cookies – A Holiday Tradition

Snickerdoodle cookies are a cookie of my Midwestern childhood – both a simple cookie we made together in school and one to make during the holidays.  It’s also, I’m told by our Missourian guest/friend/historian that they are the official cookie of the state of Missouri.  Good choice, guys!

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cups butter
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream 1 1/2 cups sugar and butter. Add the eggs. Sift the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and mix with the creamed mixture. You may need to work it a little with your hands. Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in your hands. Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in mixture to coat.  Place on a baking sheet and gently mash with the bottom of a glass.  Flute the edges with the tines of a fork if you wish.   Bake 10-15 minutes.

Happy working in the kitchen
Annie

Pumpkin Roll

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This recipe was given to me by my friend, Linda Bournival, and I’ve only adjusted it for style, not content. She makes it for holiday gifts and gives it with the recipe since so many people ask her for it. It will forever be one of my favorites.

Cake
unsalted butter (for the baking sheet)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup minced pecans
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Filling
8 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cake
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 15 1/2- x 10 1/2-inch jelly roll pan and line with parchment paper. Place a sifter on top of a small plate and measure the dry ingredients into the sifter. Combine the eggs and sugar in a large bowl with a whisk or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the pumpkin, combine well, and then sift in the dry ingredients. Spread the batter onto the prepared pan and sprinkle with the pecans. Bake for 15 minutes or until the center is done and the edges pull slightly away from the pan. Meanwhile, spread a kitchen towel out on the counter and sprinkle with the confectioner’s sugar. Turn the finished cake onto the towel to cool. Peel off the parchment paper and roll the cake and towel into a log. Set aside to cool.

Filling
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, scraping down the sides occasionally. Unroll the cooled cake and spread the filling over the whole cake. Roll up again, removing the towel and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the filling to set and slice into 8 to 12 pieces.

Serves 8 to 12

Annie
Many wonderful days to you and your family.