Potato Dough Creations Continued

Sweet Rolls

One recipe of Edna Byler’s potato dough

For the filling:
(I do not measure these ingredients, preferring to rely on my senses to get the right quantity, so the following amounts are just guesstimates.)
2-3 sticks butter
4-6 cups brown sugar
1/4 – ½ cup cinnamon

Flour a large work surface, or else, if you don’t have enough counter space, cut your dough into smaller chunks and work with only one portion at a time. This is an entire batch of potato dough—I rolled it out all at one time and then ran out of table space. It was a bit unwieldy, to say the least, so from now one I will be dividing the dough into smaller, more manageable portions.

Roll the dough into a rectangle. You want the dough to be much longer than it is high because if you make it too high (the up and down part) the end result is a really fat, enormous sweet roll. But then again, that might be the effect you’re going after. If you prefer small, dainty sweet rolls, roll out the dough only four or five inches high.

Melt the butter and spread it over the dough. Next, sprinkle on the brown sugar—don’t skimp—and follow with the cinnamon.

Roll the dough from the top to the bottom.

Cut the rolls,

and lay them in greased baking pans that have sides. The sides are very important because the sugar and butter turns into a runny, sticky, bubbly syrup that you do not want dripping all over the floor of your oven and smoking up the house.

Cover the rolls with a towel and let rise till they’ve risen half of their original size. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and bake them, a couple pans at a time, for 12-17 minutes. They should be lightly browned on the bottom and almost white on the top.

Remove the pans from the oven and let them cool for about five minutes before running a knife around the edge of the pans to loosen them. Dump them upside-down on a cooling rack,

and then flip them over again so they are right-side up.

When they are totally cool, wrap them tightly in tinfoil, put them in large plastic bags, and stick them in the freezer.

To thaw and serve: Remove the foil-wrapped rolls from the plastic bag and let them thaw on the counter for several hours or overnight. If you want to reheat them, put them, still wrapped in the foil, in a 300 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes. Take them out of the foil, lightly glaze them, and serve.

Basic Glaze for Sweet Rolls
powdered sugar, sifted

I don’t follow a recipe for my glaze. I simple put the powdered sugar, say three cups worth, in a bowl, add about ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and then add the milk, just a little at a time till I get the right consistency. I like my icing to be a runny (but not as runny as the donut glaze) so that I can drizzle, not spread, it over the rolls.

Other suggestions: try a butter frosting with a little extra milk, or the donut glaze with less milk, or add some cream cheese to the basic glaze for special kick.

*Orange-cinnamon sweet rolls: Add a couple tablespoons of orange zest to the cinnamon-sugar filling, and use orange juice in place of some, or all, of the milk when making the icing.

*Orange-cranberry sweet rolls: Along with the orange zest, add fresh cranberries that you have plumped up and sweetened by simmering in a sugar-water mixture.

*Add nuts and dried fruits, as the mood strikes.


  • Anonymous

    Listen to your auntie, dear JJ…you will thank her when your arteries have started to clog and things all over your body have started to slip south…you'll be glad you saved *that* decadence for when it was truly needed!! kbs

  • Jennifer Jo

    Now, now, my dear Auntie, what is the point of eating a sweet roll if you are substituting water for butter? Hmm? When I eat a sweet roll I want decadence and excess; in other words, lots of butter. And then later, if I’m thirsty, I’ll drink a glass of water.

    Sticky sweet kisses to you,

  • James W.

    Here’s from quality control. If you don’t stretch the dough as you roll it up the centers won’t pop out as they bake.
    For a low fat but still deliciously moist version. In the filling you can skip the 2-3 sticks melted butter and spray the rectangle of dough with water until it’s slightly glossy, than sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar. I than add 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter to the glaze.
    -Aunt Valerie

  • 40winkzzz

    My kids would so be after me to do this if I showed them this post… so I won’t.

    RYC– I’m actually not changing anything about my blog. I only said that I will be giving my blog address to a couple of IRL people who have asked for it, and b/c of that, I will not feel free to post “ugly”– which I don’t do often anyway. You may have been confused by my reference to “HSB Users Only” posts, but what I actually was getting at is that I *don’t* like to do those b/c they would eliminate perhaps half my readers (namely, the ones whose blogs are here on blogspot). I do those only very rarely, maybe a couple times a year. So fear not, you will still be able to read. And I’m honored that you want to! 🙂

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