Friday, November 19, 2010

Feather Bed Rolls

017This wonderful recipe is from my mother-in-law.  She got it from her mother-whom I think got it from a neighbor.   At any rate, I love these sticky delights  they call “Feather Bed Rolls”. I can truly eat them until I feel sick. 
I have had this recipe for quite sometime but found it daunting to make them when my MIL can make them perfectly.  I plucked up the courage and baked some  for a Mops meeting the other day. And they were eaten up!  I was so proud of myself—too bad I brought breakfast  the wrong week.  Typical me.  Since they were a hit I thought I would post the recipe.  So hear you go…Enjoy!
1 cup shortening—plus a little
2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs (well beaten)
1 cup boiling water
2 cakes or packages of yeast
7 cups bread flour
1 cup lukewarm water
Mix the sugar and shortening till well blended.  Add boiling water and let cool.  Add well beaten eggs and yeast which has been dissolved in the lukewarm water.  Add flour and salt and place in a well greased bowl and cover.  Let rise for at least 2 hours.  Shape into rolls and let rise again.
Now if you are like me, this might stress you out, but no worries! Here is how you do the rolling and shaping…
Flour the surface of your counter.  Take the dough out of the bowl and onto the counter.  Roll out into a rectangle (ish) shape.  Brush the dough with butter and then sprinkle the whole thing with sugar and cinnamon.  My mother-in-law uses brown sugar.  I goofed and used white but I didn’t get any complaints.  Next roll up into a long log type shape and slice into circles.  Make these more thin than thick. 
Now how to cook these up--wait first we have to make the yummy goo! 
Butterscotch Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
Plus one tablespoon light corn syrup
Melt down sugar, butter and corn syrup and  and put it in the bottom of an 8x8 pan.  For this entire recipe you will need 3 8x8 pans so you can do the above recipe 3x.
If you would like to add nuts, (chopped pecans are nice) now is the time to do it.  Arrange rolls on top of goo and nuts and bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  For all my organized friends—you can do all of this recipe 1 day ahead of time.  Do everything but bake it (duh) and cover with saran wrap and put in the fridge-when ready just pop the 8x8 pans in the oven (minus the saran wrap) and bake up!  Mmmmm your house will smell so good!  Have fun making these delicious delights and try not to eat them till you feel you are going to pop.  Good luck and I would love to hear if your family loves them too!

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