Grandma Thiebaud’s Cinnamon Rolls

72758287e17f801b6102_477a555116002db5afa9_CinnamonRoll.1__2_.JPG
Credits: Craig Thiebaud
72758287e17f801b6102_477a555116002db5afa9_CinnamonRoll.1__2_.JPG

One of the fondest memories I have growing up is making cinnamon rolls with my Grandma Thiebaud and my sister.  My Grandma would make the dough, roll it out, and make a simple filling out of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans.  Actually she would make two batches:  one with pecans and one without as some people didn’t prefer pecans.  She would make these little breakfast treats and give them as gifts to relatives or friends at holidays or special occasions.    They played a bit part in my family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday experience.  However, we made these anytime we visited, Holidays or not.

Here, I have taken my Grandma’s general recipe and adapted it a bit.  I use additional spices, scent it with vanilla powder and citrus juice and zest, and utilize different sugar(s) to create a different depth of flavor.  That said, the basic technique, look, feel, and smell while baking  still takes me right back to my Grandma’s kitchen with my sister, when we were young, just watching and helping sprinkle sugar over the yellow pastry before rolling it.  If you have kids, and try this, I hope you consider sharing this experience with them.  It would please me and I know it would please my Grandma.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Sign Up for E-News

For Dough:

3.5-4 Cups unbleached AP flour

2 Packages Instant Yeast

1 t fine sea salt

1 Cup milk

1/3 Cup sugar

4 T unsalted butter

1 Large egg

1T butter for greasing the bowl

For Filling:

2-3 T Unsalted butter

2 t Cinnamon (or more to taste)

½ t nutmeg

Scant dash cloves

Zest of half of an orange

1 T Vanilla Powder (Garden of Eden, Berkeley Heights sells this)

½ Cup Muscovado sugar (or more to taste)

½ Cup pecans (raw or toasted)

For Glaze:

Juice of ½ orange

1/3 Cup Muscovado sugar

1 t cinnamon

½ t salt

¼ Cup pecans

Zest of half a lemon

 

Instructions:

For dough:

  • Warm milk and butter.  Add yeast, sugar, and egg to mixture and whisk together until incorporated.
  • Add flour to the mixture, one cup at a time.  Slowly incorporate the flour, little by little until the dough comes together. 
  • Knead dough for 5-8 minutes, until the dough seems smooth and slightly elastic.  Add more flour if necessary, though do so sparingly.
  • Once kneaded, grease a large bowl with butter and place dough in bowl.  Cover with a towel and allow to rest for approximately an hour or so (until doubled in size).

For Filling:

  • Gather all ingredients for filling.  Set aside.
  • Lightly flour a large work surface.
  • Roll dough out into a square that end up being around 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  • Spread the butter over the dough.  Sprinkle the muscovado sugar over the buttered dough.
  • Add the spices over the sugar.  Then add the pecans, spreading them sporadically over everything.

Final Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Roll the dough with your hands so that you make a cylinder with it.
  • Gather round 9-inch baking pan.
  • Place all ingredients for glaze in the baking pan and mix completely.
  • Cut dough into 1 inch pieces and place in pan, cut side down.  Continue to place pieces in pan until the pan is filled.  My Grandma made pans that contained quite a few rolls so I did the same.  You may have a bit of dough leftover, which you can either freeze, make another small batch, or simply discard.
  • Allow dough in pan to rise for another 30 minutes or so.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the dough looks golden brown. 
  • Allow to cool slightly.  Serve while warm.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Denville

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Lake Hopatcong 'Floating Classroom' Launched at Roxbury

April 13, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – The Lake Hopatcong Foundation on Wednesday launched onto Lake Hopatcong its long-awaited "floating classroom" educational vessel. The launch took place at Lake Hopatcong State Park in Landing.

The 40-foot covered catamaran pontoon boat seats 40. It will be used to teach area students and the public about Lake Hopatcong. The boat, built by ...

New Jersey Fashion Companies Capitalize on State Resources to Grow

April 19, 2018

NJ Business Action Center recently assisted Adore Me and Better Team USA to identify space and financing.

The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world, valued at over 360 billion dollars. However, the market has been disrupted by the rise of e-commerce, and is moving beyond established locations like NYC’s garment district. 

That said, like every industry, fashion ...

GFWC Woman's Club Participates in Denville Rid Litter Day

April 22, 2018

GFWC Woman’s Club- Denville/Rockaway Participates in Denville PRIDE Rid Litter Day

Close to 400 volunteers came out on a lovely, but windy Saturday to participate in Denville Township’s annual PRIDE, Rid Litter Day.  The timing was perfect, as it also coincides with the 48th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet's ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 28, 8:00 AM

College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown

Conference and Resource Fair Promotes Advocacy ...

Education Giving Back

Sat, April 28, 8:00 PM

250 Speedwell Ave, Morris

Wendy's Shadow

Arts & Entertainment

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.