My dad is all about traditions. Thanksgiving morning, we have to watch the parade. Christmas Eve, he has to read my brother (17 years old) and me (26 years old) “The Night Before Christmas”.
One of my own traditions has been making Alton Brown’s overnight cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and Mother’s Day. This year, my dad wanted to have them while watching the parade.
So I stayed up past midnight prepping them (hence the dark kitchen lighting). They are an overnight recipe, but the overnight part can only happen after the first 2 hour rise.
All puffed up after a night in the fridge!
Then they have to proof before they bake. To get them ready by parade time, I had to get up early, proof for 30 minutes, then bake.
This batch made 14 (with 2 small ones) since I didn’t measure out the twelve perfectly before cutting.
One in the middle got a little bit too excited about the rising.
After a bit of homemade icing, this long process was complete.
The icing was poured as the parade began.
And dad was happy.
Rolls for the hubby, my brother, and my dad (Mom was off playing tennis).
One of the mini ones for me.
With pumpkin spice coffee.
I contemplated trying several different no-rise, no-overnight recipes. This dough is super sticky, the process takes forever, and everything has to be done just so.
Alton Brown is a food genius though, and you can’t go wrong with this recipe. The fact that only two remained by the time the parade was over was proof of their success.
My husband claimed he had six. I pretended not to hear him.
You can imagine the nutrition facts of these guys for yourself. There is nothing I “lightened up” in this recipe.
Thankfully, I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon prepping my lightened up vegetarian Thanksgiving feast.
Are there any recipes that your family saves for special occasions?