SOLS: 2013:18 Angel Wings

sols_6Text on my phone from my daughter on Saturday: I’m sorry I said that Texas Road House was better than your butterhorns. 

My response as I’m confused about the text: What are you saying? My butterhorns are better? 

Daughter: That was from CT. (CT is Boy Blue, grandson, Christian)

I was still confused and curious why this text came out of nowhere. What was the story? Well, CT (grandson, Boy Blue, Christian) had generously taken the family out to eat for a family member’s birthday celebration with his money. When the bread arrived Boy Blue said something about loving the rolls from Texas Road House. Jennifer (his mom) responded and I can picture her eyebrows raised with a look that says, you better be careful how you answer, “Better than Grandma’s butterhorns?”  Without taking too much time to think Christian just answered with a simple yes.  Jennifer pulls out her phone and  threatens, “Oh boy…I’m calling Grandma right now and telling her.”  There must have a little bit of a scrimmage for the phone. Christian won and sent me the apologizing text.

Among the row of cookbooks in the kitchen cabinet there is a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of tagboard that has a recipe  At the top of page in cursive blue ink probably from a Bic pen it says:               To: Debbie                                                                                                                                    August 1974                                                                                                                                   From: Sue                                                                                                                                                 The piece of tagboard that has the recipe written on is covered with contact paper that has yellow paint along the edges. Yellow paint from a kitchen I painted and I had used the tagboard as a straight edge. That was before the recipe became treasured and part of our holiday traditions. For several years it was just a recipe taking up space in the cabinet. Steve’s family baked homemade butterhorns for holiday dinners from a recipe that required you to mix, knead, form, raise and then bake. Time consuming. My family didn’t have a homemade roll tradition. The rolls were one thing that my Grandmother didn’t make from scratch. The rolls were bought from the store. Even though they were store bought there were never any left as we are bread lovers…even the store bought kind.  It is now my turn to be in charge of holiday dinners. That responsibility was what brought the contact paper covered recipe out of the cabinet several years ago. As I gained experience the butterhorns became everyone’s favorite on the holiday menu. The butterhorns melt in your mouth and are as light as angel wings.  Nothing can compare. We challenge guests who would dare say that their family’s rolls were better than our butterhorns.  Eat with us and see. Angel wings win every time…at least so far. The recipe for butterhorns only come out for holiday meals and very special occasions. I did make a batch a few weeks ago when we went to visit Boy Blue. He had broken his leg while sledding. Butterhorns or angel wings were just what he needed! Jennifer has already asked me to leave her the yellow painted contact paper covered original recipe. Geez!

I did call Boy Blue and told him it was ok if he enjoyed the rolls at Texas Road House…just as long as butterhorns were at the top of his favorite list.

Refrigerator Yeast Dough

1. Put in 2 cup container: 1/2 c. hot water, 1 package yeast, 1 heaping tablespoon sugar. Stir. (Should foam in 5 minutes.)                                                                                                    2. Put into large bowl: 1/4 c. shortening, 1 t. salt, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 cup hot water. Stir.           3. Add 2 cups of sifted flour to second mixture. Stir. Gradually add 3 beaten eggs, vigorously stirring after each addition until well blended. (I use the bread beater on my mixer.) Add yeast mixture. Add three more cups sifted flour. Stir for a few minutes.         4. Cover bowl to keep air out. Refrigerate overnight for dough to rise. Use in 1 to 4 days.

Divide dough into 3 sections. Roll out one section of dough on a floured surface in a circle shape. Brush with melted butter. Cut into 8 − 12 triangular pieces (like a pizza). Roll from the widest part and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with wax paper. Raise until double in size. Bake for 8 − 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Brush the tops with melted butter.

Recipe was given to me from Sue Anderson which is Kate’s daughter from The Backlash. Some of my favorite bread books:

Rhyming text for young children that explains how bread is made.

Rhyming text for young children that explains how bread is made.

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola

Recipe is included for making sun bread. Perfect for this time of year as we are waiting for spring!

Recipe is included for making sun bread. Perfect for this time of year as we are waiting for spring!

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11 Responses to SOLS: 2013:18 Angel Wings

  1. Wow, I always wondered how my mother in-law made the best rolls possible. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love the word for them…angel wings sound delicious. xo PS I haven’t read Sun Bread…it sounds so good. xo

  2. Donna Smith says:

    What a delightful post! Thanks for the family story, the bread recipe history and the favorite bread books! Now I’ve got to try the butterhorns!

  3. mpistek says:

    Such a cute story! I love how you try so many pieces of craft in your writing. It makes for an interesting read 🙂

  4. shelley k says:

    What a beautiful post! What a neat family tradition, too. I like, also that Christian was concerned about hurting your feelings! I always love seeing/hearing about this tenderness in children!

  5. elsie says:

    Yeast has never been my friend when baking. I try but usually fail, however, I may try these. Do you really have to sift the flour? Have you ever halved this recipe?

    • Deb says:

      Elsie, The recipe doesn’t call for sifting the flour but I have for the last few years…you know it’s that angel wing thing. I don’t think you could half this recipe …you could try. You can use the dough for other kinds of rolls. I have rolled it out and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top. Roll it up and then cut. I then place the slices in a baking pan that I have melted butter, brown sugar, and pecans. Very good also. Good Luck!

  6. Judy Curtiss says:

    Great slice! I like how Christian was so concerned about your feelings. Grandma’s are the best and so are the rolls! Could you whip up a batch and send them AR?

  7. Cathy Brandenberger says:

    Debbie Gaby! I love, love, LOVE your blog! I just read back to your first entry. I am now a faithful reader and cannot wait until you write a novel. You are such a good writer! Also, we HAVE to get together, please!?

    • Deb says:

      Cathy, Thank you so honored that you are reading it and LIKE it! I usually just blog in March because of the Slice of Life challenge from Two Writing Teachers. Would LOVE to get together. I’ll message you.

  8. Tam says:

    Recipe going down on a card right now. I need to find something that all the grandkids say I make the best. Two are such fussy eaters. Another Backlash story! I think there is a book called Backlash somewhere! Then there’s Blue Boy, Angel Wings………………..

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