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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls

We are having a great time in Illinois, minus the bone chilling weather. Luckily, we have been inside a lot. My dad has been spoiling us with a fire in the fireplace and tasty treats from the hot oven. We love vacation!!

My dad already made us a batch of his famous cinnamon rolls. They were the perfect welcome home treat! This recipe is our families' favorite. It was my grandmother's recipe, but my dad has perfected it over the years. We refer to them as "Parry Rolls." Everyone knows about these rolls, they are the most often requested too. My dad likes to share the recipe, but he would rather just bake up a big batch for anyone and everyone. His are the BEST!!

Make sure you don't scrimp on any of the key ingredients. When you spread the "goods" on the dough, make sure you go crazy....with the butter, brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. My dad never holds back! I know there are some raisin haters out there, but my dad says if you don't like them pick them out! He LOVES his raisins...and so do the rest of us.

My dad said I could share the recipe, so please enjoy our family favorite. He asked me to not include his picture, but I had to show the master at work!! :)

Parry Rolls

2 pkg yeast, dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
6 T of shortening
1 cup sugar
7 cups flour or more as needed (it will take more)
2 cups hot water
2 eggs, beaten
1 T salt

Softened butter
Brown sugar

Add yeast to cup of lukewarm water and sprinkle in a little sugar. Set aside for about five minutes.
Add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and cool to lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast and mix again until smooth.
Add in beaten eggs.
Stir in remainder of flour, a little at a time until no more can be mixed in. Remove the mixer attachment and knead by hand, adding flour until dough does not stick to the bowl. Remove from bowl and knead until dough feels satiny and looks smooth.
Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Lightly knead and roll out into rectangular shape. Spread with softened butter. Sprinkle on brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. (make sure you use LOTS of brown can omit the raisins, but my family loves them, and sprinkle on loads of cinnamon. we never measure but be very generous.)
Roll into one long roll. To cut use a piece of string or floss.
Place on well greased pans and let rise until double in bulk. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until brown-only about 5-7 more minutes.
After cooled frost!

Frosting Recipe
Powdered sugar

I am not sure on the amount! My dad just guesses! Whisk until you get the right consistency and frost the rolls!

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Blogger Erica said...

GORGEOUS! Oh my gosh these look so good! Tell your dad everyone in blog world wants one ;)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

My mouth is watering for one of those right now.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Those look absolutely delicious! Love the pictures!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Wow, these look great. I love cinnamon rolls but have never made them before!

6:13 AM  
Blogger Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

Those look amazing! I wish I had one right now:) Those are a huge hit at every gathering I'm sure!

6:16 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Oh yum ya'll are getting spoiled up there!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

The cinnamon rolls came out beautiful. Wish me luck because I promised A.J., my mom and the homegirlz I would make cinnamon rolls tomorrow for our Christmas Eve tradidion. Merry Christmas Maria!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Well you just hit a weak spot with me! These look fantastic, great job to your Dad!!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Brittanie said...

Yeah! Parry Rolls!!!! Talk about memories. I am with Lindsey, my mouth is watering for one of those.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Oh, Maria these look really scrumptious. Your pictures are spectacular.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

I want a cinnamon roll!!! I'm dying over here!!!

7:24 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

YUM! I really wish I had one right now.

7:29 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I do love cinnamon rolls. I am in love with these- and I don't even like raisins.

I think my husband would be my slave for life if I made these for him. It's no easy feat timing dishes like this when it's so rare that I have a few hours at home.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

What a great post - and a great memory to have with your dad! They look delicious!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

How fun to be able to spend time with your dad in the kitchen. And thanks for sharing the family recipe, it looks wonderful!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

My very favorite treat - ever! I love cinnamon rolls and make them every Christmas morning. They look fantastic!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

What a wonderful post! Your dad looks great making those DELICIOUS looking rolls!

10:41 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

So beautiful! And I'm sure the house smelled amazing while they baked!!!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Oh my gosh...those look to die for! I will need to make these soon!

Happy Holidays!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing..they look wonderful!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy Seed said...

Yummmmeeeee!!! Cinnamon rolls, YUM!
wish you could send me one thru the phone line.. :)
glad you are feeling a little better. please tell your Dad and Theresa hi and merry christmas for me. Love you, Kathy

3:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah-mazing!! Do you have extras? hehe :) Have a great xmas with the fam~!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Veron said... I crave one of this right now. Yummy!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Those are some SERIOUS cinnamon rolls. I always think of baking some up for Christmas morning, but I know that I would be the one eating them all. This would not be a good thing! Your dad rocks! Have a great Christmas. :o)

6:45 PM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Great post, and fun seeing the master baker at work!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

These look truly amazing. My goal for 2009 is to get more comfortable with yeast and tackle cinnamon rolls. Merry Christmas!

7:44 PM  
Blogger susan said...

ur cinnamon rolls look to die for!

8:19 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

I'm weak in the knees. These look soooo great. Have a great holiday season!!! - mary the food librarian

8:24 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Ooh! Dad's gonna be mad you showed his pic! Hee hee. Well, he might as well be flattered cos you turned him into a worldwide cinnamon roll idol overnight ;) Those look divine!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I just made cinnamon rolls last week. Yours looks gorgeous and perfect and the recipe is similar to mine, especially the just guessing on the icing!
Merry Christmas!
Stop by and enter for the giveaway on my blog!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

This is a great post! I love your dad shared this with you for us! Bet the house smelled amazing!

3:38 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

amazing post!!!! They look like coming out from the greatest cafeteria in Paris! :D

5:35 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Scrrrrrumptious-looking rolls!!

Keep enjoying your time in Illinois, and have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

All I can say is "OH MY!".
Your dad is the man!
Does he sell these? If so, will he do mail order to NJ?

WOW. Happy Holidays!

9:10 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i can see why these puppies are famous and frequently requested! as you can imagine, cinnamon rolls are my ultimate breakfast treat, and your dad's abundant use of cinnamon makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. :)
happy holidays to you and yours, maria!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Tell your dad, great job!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

10:46 AM  
Blogger emily said...

Tell Parry Hi...enjoy the cold:) Come back soon and tell Parry I expect cookies too:)LOL

9:10 PM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

Wow, your dad makes some amazing rolls! Have a great holiday.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Oh my, it looks like your dad is a cinnamon roll master. Those look fanTAStic!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Maria I have to ask . . . why do you call them Parry rolls? That is my maiden name . . . and we share the same (married) last name . . . so it has me very curious! (They look delicious!)

11:30 PM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

Yum what an awesome welcome home treat!!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Brilynn said...

These look perfect!
I tried making cinnamon rolls a couple days ago and failed miserably. The dough was ok, but there wasn't nearly enough filling. It was kinda like a lightly sweetened, lightly cinnamoned bread. Not what I was going for at all... I'm bookmarking your recipe to try!

8:44 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Gorgeous rolls! I love seeing all the steps especially your dad with the string technique.

11:09 AM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Those cinnamon rolls look amazing!!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Vered said...

These look really good. I added them to - more people need to see this!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Arundathi said...

just made some this evening and i'm kicking myself that i didnt see this recipe earlier. gorgeous!!

9:03 AM  

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