We here in Western Washington have been inundated with snow and it has been going on for quite a while. More is expected for the rest of the year. I was invited to spend Christmas with my daughter's household about two hours away from where I live. That was cancelled this morning when freezing temperatures were predicted, and unsafe conditions were a sure thing.
So I decided to make our usual standby, Cardamon Sweet Rolls. When the children were growing up and even after they had flown the coop and created our empty nest, I would have our freezer full of lengths of this delicious breakfast food around Christmas time. I used to send it to the child who could not come home for the Holidays. It seemed essential.
This morning, early, I decided this is how I would spend Christmas Eve. I have never made one recipe. I multiply the recipe found on a yellowing page out of an old cook book. It calls for one cup of milk. I used four cups, forgetting that I no longer own a freezer. It took virtually all day. At four p.m. I wandered around this place where I live, knocking on doors, giving my fellow inmates rolls for breakfast and wishing them Merry Christmas. It was a lovely day and the house still smells like our old Christmases.
1 cup milk
1/4-cup sugar (I usually add two or three Tbsp sugar)
1 tsp crushed cardamon
1 env or 1 Tbsp yeast
1/4-cup softened butter (or more if you are wealthy)
31/2 cps all purpose flour
Pour milk in bowl cook in microwave for 1min. check that milk is luke warm before adding yeast. Stir in sugar and salt and cardamon add softened butter yeast and egg slightly beaten.
Add half of the flour, beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Add some of the other flour and work the dough on floured board. Add and work dough until smooth and firm. Keep dough covered with damp cloth in warm place until it is double in size. If you have not doubled the amount of the milk, cut dough in two and roll it out. Spread butter and sugar and cinnamon on dough roll it and cut it to look like a braid, put it on buttered cookie sheet cover with towel and let it grow once more. Paint it with egg liquid and sprinkle sugar on top and
bake in 350* for thirty min
I have a note in the corner of the page which states, if you use 8-cups of milk, you'll need a little more than alb of flour
Please let me know f anyone makes this. Cardamon should be bought in a health-food store and then crushed in a coffee grinder. Merry Christmas