Inviting friends and neighbors over to your house for an open house brunch the morning of Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to express your thanks and gratitude. Clean your house and set the brunch out buffet style on a large table. Keep decorations simple with fresh flowers and Thanksgiving themes. For drinks, have lots of coffee, tea, and orange juice.
Besides offering a variety of savory brunch dishes, include one sweet dish on the menu. The scent of homemade cinnamon rolls will have guests smiling from the moment they arrive. If you don't have time, purchase the buns; if you do have time, go all out with a homemade version. For the recipe,
1 package (1/4 oz./2 1/4 tsp./7 grams) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F/40°C to 46°C)
1 (8-oz.) carton sour cream
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. (1/4 stick/1oz/28g) butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 to 4 tsp. water
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
- In a small saucepan, combine sour cream, granulated sugar, shortening, and salt. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until warm (120°F to 130°F/48°C to 54°C) and shortening is almost melted. Stir in baking soda. Stir sour cream mixture and egg into yeast. Stir in as much of the flour as you can.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
- Grease twelve 2 1/2-inch (6.35cm) muffin cups, set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18 x 12-inch (45cm x 30cm) rectangle; spread with softened butter.
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over dough.
- Roll up, starting from a long side; seal seam.
- Slice into twelve 1 1/2-inch-wide (4cm-wide) pieces. Place each bun, cut side down, in a prepared muffin cup.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until 1/4 to 1/2 inch (0.635cm to 1.27cm) above top of cups (about 45 minutes).
- Bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove buns from pan.
- Combine powdered sugar and enough water to make an icing, of drizzling consistency; drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.
Makes 12 buns.