In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and the yeast.
In saucepan heat milk, 1/4 cup of sugar, shortening, and
salt til just warm (115-120ºF) Add to dry ingredients in
mixer bowl , add egg and beat at low speed for 1/2 minute,
scraping sides of the bowl. Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
Stir in enough flour to make a moderately soft dough.
Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl, turning
once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm
place until doubled. (1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Punch down, turn out on a lightly floured surface. Divide in
half , cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
Roll out one portion of dough at a time to a 12 inch square.
Combine 1/4 cup melted butter, brown sugar, 1/2 cup
granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Spread half of this
mixture on the first 12 inch square. Roll up lengthwise, jelly
roll fashion. Pinch to seal ends. Cut into 12 rolls. Place on
baking sheets lined with parchment, at least 3 inches apart .
Cover with a parchment sheet and
Flatten each to about 3 inches in diameter. (I use a Pyrex
pan) Repeat with remaining dough and sugar mixture...
Let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Cover with parchment. Press down again with the Pyrex
pan to flatten to 1/8 inch thickness. Carefully remove paper.
Brush tops of rolls with melted butter. Combine sugar and
cinnamon. Sprinkle over rolls. Cover with parchment and
flatten again. Remove paper. Bake at 400ºF for 10 to 12
minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly , then
remove to cooling rack.ºº
My Dad used to make these in Florida and
send us some each Christmas. I've never been able to
make them as "neat and even" as his.. Must have been
his engineering training. Or, he made 300 and picked
out the exact matches for us??? Can be cooled and frozen
for up to 2 months.
Lately have been making half sized rolls, just cut dough into 4 pieces, and use 1/4 of cinnamon/sugar mix instead of half.