We've been talking about this roll for the past week. This time I was in charge but I asked Miss Mary to look over my shoulder for the final stages of preparation. She even took the scissors and made a few cuts, then help nudge the roll into the desired shape.
Here's the slightly modified recipe:
Makes 1 large ring
1 package yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup warm milk
3-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup margarine (one stick)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Crisco
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk.
Add to 1 cup flour. Beat.
Add melted margarine, eggs and remaining flour and salt. Beat.
Let rise until double in bulk (about an hour) in a warm place.
Punch down. Roll out 1/2" thick on lightly floured cloth, to a rectangle of 9"x18"
Spread on Crisco with the back of a spoon.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Roll inward from wide edge (as with a jelly roll).
Shape into a circle on a cookie sheet (if not non-stick, rub with Crisco first).
Seal ends together (just press and pinch).
Cut almost through roll with scissors at 1-1/2" intervals (I slightly angle the cut).
Turn slices slightly (one in, next out, etc.).
Let rise til double in bulk
Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes.
To make icing combine sugar, milk and vanilla.
Spread on coffee ring (cool a little first).
Decorate with cherries and nuts
The basic dough before the first rise
A few notes ...
I use our oven as a place to let the dough rise (both steps). I just turn it on for a few seconds, then turn it off. I suppose the temperature is closer to 100° and that works fine. No hotter, though! The first rise takes about an hour; the second rise usually takes less.
We have home-grown black walnuts and used them instead of the pecans which the original recipe calls for.
We used to use Crisco instead of margarine but I love Blue Bonnet sticks and they require no measuring.
The dough rolled out to a 9" x 18" rectangle and spread with Crisco
Filled with cinnamon and brown sugar, the roll is made into a ring
and the ends joined
And here it is placed into the oven ...
The sides have been cut and a cinnamon sauce will ooze out there!
Just out of the oven ... golden brown
and ready for the icing, nuts and cherries.
Now, time to make some coffee and have a little snack ...