Going through this old family cookbook is an adventure. In flipping through, I came across a recipe that I remember well but hated. Yet, I was listed as the contributor of said recipe. Wha…?? I called my mom and we shared a giggle. Grandma had sent in a bunch of recipes and gave each of them a random owner just so our names would make the cookbook. I’m pretty sure none of us girls have ever made the recipes that were assigned to our names.
In the midst of the chuckles, I came across a recipe that I had heard about but never tried… rolls made with smashed tators so I gave it a try. If it’s great, I may put my name on it for the next family cookbook.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
I did make a few adjustments along the way. This is double batch and it filled a half sheet pan. First, set 4 eggs out so they can reach room temperature. Next, clean & peel 4 medium potatoes.
Cut into equal pieces and boil in a pot of water until a fork is inserted easily and slides out of a potato quickly. Drain.
In a large bowl, place 4 packages of yeast and one cup of sugar. Heat 1 cup of milk to 100 degrees (test with cooking thermometer) and add to yeast & sugar mix. If milk is too hot it will kill your yeast and if it’s too cold it will not activate your yeast. Stir and allow to rest for a while to begin the leavening process. Mixture will get a little bit foamy.
While waiting for foaminess, mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher. Allow to cool from hot to very warm.
Add mashed potatoes to yeast mixture & stir. Beat the eggs in separate bowl and then stir into yeast mixture. Add 4 teaspoons of salt and stir again.
Have you ever made baked goods that taste empty? That is what happens when there isn’t enough salt in the recipe. The good news is that you can usually add a little extra salt and enhance all the flavors within the recipe.
It was at this point I noticed there was no flour listed on this recipe. As you can see in the picture above, this did need flour. More giggles… thankfully my name wasn’t on this recipe.
According to my detailed and calculated view of the world, I tossed in flour until it felt right. It ended up being about 8 cups. I was able to stir it in with a fork and then use my hands for kneading in the last bit of needed flour. If using a mixer, begin using the dough hook attachment when dough begins to firm.
After the magic of flour took it’s course, the recipe called to let dough rise. I let it rise until it about doubled in size under a warm, damp towel.
While dough rises a second time, melt 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter.
In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar and 4 tablespoons of cinnamon.
After dough has doubled, smear about 1 cup of flour onto counter. Place dough on flour and use the flour to make sticky dough manageable and roll out to about 12 inches by 36 inches, adding a little more flour if needed.
Now for the fun part! Slather melted butter all over the top of the dough.
Next, sprinkle cinnamon & sugars mixture over the butter. For good measure, I like to smear it together with the butter. Oh momma.
Starting from the bottom of the 12 inch side, begin rolling dough upward. Brush off excess flour as necessary as you go. When finished rolling, cut rolls about every 1 1/2 inches.
Place cinnamon rolls spirally side up upon a baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray.
Since I can never leave out my own personal touch, I came up with a little number that added something special to these rolls.
Cream Cheese Topping
Mix in blender:
- 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Pour over cinnamon rolls before baking. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake for about another 15 minutes or until done in the middle.
The cream cheese topping is not to be skipped. It is goodness gracious good & becomes a tiny bit crispy on the top. The cinnamon & sugar mixture melts in your mouth and where it drips down to the bottom of the pan, well, it gets perfectly chewy. Perfect for our B&B guests.
Finish off with basic powdered sugar icing.
Wait. What? Who?
Dear Grandma in Heaven,
I’ll be happy to place my name on this one. With butter. And a cup of coffee, please.