The quest for Yum
Oct. 8, 2012 4:34 pm
Updated: Oct. 10, 2012 1:33 pm
Im not a world class cook or baker by any means, but there are times when you feel so motivated to do something right... something really fantastic... that you will go through several failures in the process.
I grew up in a very small town in Iowa. It was so small in fact, that every day the school lunches were made from scratch. All of it. About twice a month, the students would be in an especially good lunch mood. It was cinnamon roll day. There was a remarkable
lady in the community who would come in way before the day started, just to get those cinnamon rolls going... from scratch. As remarkable as this sounds, what was truly amazing was that each one of her cinnamon rolls was perfect. They all had the same number
of "swirls". The cinnamon on the very center part, was just moist enough... you saved it for the very last bite. The school kids weren't the only ones who knew of her awesome cinnamon roll powers. This lady volunteered (yes volunteer) to make them for church
events, and local festivals. She did it all on her own. When she died, by father asked her daughter if the recipe was passed on to her. The daughter, smiling, said it died with her mom. We will never know. Maybe the powers of the cinnamon roll lady did die,
but I was going to see if I could come close.
I've tried so many cinnamon roll recipes. I had hard rolls. Yuck. Ones with raisins, nuts, some made with powdered sugar, some with butterscotch pudding. But I always felt defeated. My rolls never had that light delicious taste. They didn't unwind properly!
As I had always dreamed. They didnt meet my goal.
Today I tried a recipe from the website and I think I'm getting so much closer! They were really yummy, but alas, were NOT all uniformly shaped. Ha. I know... practice makes perfect right? I will try again, and possibly with the same recipe. But if there's one
thing I did learn today in my quest for the yummy cinnamon roll... do not make them in the afternoon. Or that's what will be served for dinner that night. :)