When We Deliver the Rolls

Do you enjoy cooking for others?

I’ve noticed that the act of cooking and/or the sharing of the food seems to draw people together.

Something I learned from my mom, my grandmas, and a lot of friends over the years, is that putting love and compassion into cooking can really make a difference in someone’s life. What I love about sharing gifts from the kitchen is, it makes it easy to “show up” in people’s lives at times that might otherwise be awkward.

For instance, it’s hard to know what to do for a friend who suddenly lost her dog, but dropping off a pie or cookies expresses care and concern in a not so intrusive way.

I also love how cooking is personal. It’s a great opportunity to make someone’s favorite dish or if someone is allergic to say, wheat, different recipes can accommodate that. It’s almost like cooking has the ability to sometimes bridge that gap between wanting to do something for someone, yet not really knowing what to do. When I don’t know what to do, I bake.

I thought it’d be fun to share ideas and maybe have a recipe swap, if you’d like. Right now my go-to recipe is cinnamon rolls. I like that they are easy to transport if I need to drop them off to someone miles from my home, and they mail quite well. A few weeks ago I mailed some to Iowa, and I heard they arrived intact.

So, my first recipe I want to share is:

Baby Super Man’s Cinnamon Rolls (named for my friends’ miracle baby that I wrote about in my story called Extraordinary Events)

Mix 1/4 oz pkg quick rise yeast with 1/4 cup warm water (110 -115 degrees). Set aside until it bubbles and activates the yeast.

Meanwhile, mix 2/3 cup milk, 1 egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1/4 cup sugar together. Add in yeast mixture.

Mix in 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 and 3/4 cups of flour one cup at a time.

I mix with a spoon and knead by hand. After kneading about 5 minutes or so on a floured board or counter, shape into a 12 x 8 rectangle. Brush the dough with a 1/2 cup of melted butter.

Sprinkle 1/2 to 3/4 cup brown sugar over the melted butter on the dough and pat down slightly. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cinnamon over the brown sugar.

Starting on the 12 inch side, roll the dough up so that it is 12 inches long when rolled. Cut into 1 inch slices. Put into a greased pan. I use a glass 9 x 12 pan. Let rise. Depending on the weather and the coolness in the house, sometimes I let mine rise in a slow oven at 170 degrees with the oven light on.

When they are raised, bake at 375 degrees for about 15-25 minutes, depending on whether they rose in the oven or on the counter.

Top with your favorite frosting or glaze.

So far, Little Bit and I have made many pans of these cinnamon-y delights. Now, we even have requests for them. I love the idea that he is learning compassion through cooking, just like I did, and that he sees the happiness that a simple offering of food can bring each time, when we deliver the rolls.

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34 thoughts on “When We Deliver the Rolls

  1. Weird Guy With The Dog May 24, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I really miss cooking for my folks when they lived with me. I really felt like I was giving back for all their hard work.

    • Jessica Adam May 24, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Aw. That’s super sweet. I bet they miss it, too.

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  3. DailyMusings May 24, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    they look delish- and food always brings people together- and cooking too I agree!

    • Jessica Adam May 25, 2016 / 12:20 am

      Thank you. They’re fun to make. I wish all of us bloggers were neighbors so we could have a big potluck. Wouldn’t that be fun? :)

      • Jessica Adam May 25, 2016 / 12:22 am

        You made me laugh out loud. Perfect timing, too!! Thanks, I used to eat them like crazy before I went gluten free. Now just cook them for others. I should have sent you some for your birthday last month! :)

  4. fromdreamtoplan May 24, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I also love sharing food I cooked with friends and family! These rolls look amazing! I’m addicted to cinnamon and I’m attracted by anything that has some as ingredient… Definitely gonna try these! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Jessica Adam May 25, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Awesome! We sound like peas in a pod! Nothing beats cooking. :) Thank you for your kind comments. If you try them, please let me know if you like them.

      That baby they’re named after is a walkin talkin miracle. Has had 2 heart surgeries already and is just a wee little thing. :)

  5. Miriam May 25, 2016 / 12:30 am

    What a lovely post, such wonderful values (and skills) you’re passing onto your little one. And they look so delicious! :)

  6. Annika Perry May 25, 2016 / 2:51 am

    Jessica, what a great idea. These rolls are typical Swedish afternoon treat and my grandmother always made them and now my mother, son and I. Absolutely delicious!

    • Jessica Adam May 25, 2016 / 5:10 am

      Aw! Annika, I LOVE that your grandmother always made them! And that now you guys do. ❀️ I had no idea about the Swedish treat part. Love that, too.

  7. Laura May 25, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Wow, I can smell those baking, they look so very yummy!

    • Jessica Adam May 26, 2016 / 2:37 am

      Thank you so much. They do smell so good while they bake. 😊

  8. jennymarie4 May 25, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Mmmm cinnamon rolls 😊 I agree with you about cooking. I love to cook, especially bake. I love when my daughters and patents come over, and I make them a special dinner. Cooking is a nice way to show someone you care :)

    • Jessica Adam May 26, 2016 / 2:06 am

      I’m so glad that you like cooking for others as well. Special dinners sound wonderful. I bet that is one happy dinner table. 😊

  9. anotherday2paradise May 26, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    I read your title and wondered who you were delivering a Rolls Royce to. :) Your ‘cinnamon-y delights’ would go down just as well with me.

    • Jessica Adam May 26, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      Rolls Royce! Oh my gosh, I wish! Can you imagine giving one of those to somebody???

      If you want some regular ol’ flour and sugar rolls, I’d be happy to send you some. :)

        • Jessica Adam May 26, 2016 / 3:22 pm

          Hmmm. Hope that didn’t sound too forward… I send them to my friends, so I didn’t even think twice when I wrote that. :)

          • anotherday2paradise May 26, 2016 / 3:28 pm

            I thought you were joking. No one ever offered to send me something like this before. 😘

  10. Jessica Adam May 26, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    You thought I was joking?? That’s kind of funny. I wasn’t. I thought I might have made you a bit nervous! Baked goods from a stranger! :) I’d be happy to send you some if you’d like.

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