Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and sweetened with honey, these honey rolls are one of my childhood favorite treats. Brush them with honey and sprinkle chopped nuts of top for a little crunch.
Like most of you, I grew up watching my mom and grandma cooking and baking for our family. I wish I could say I learned from them, but that’s would be a lie. I didn’t start cooking until my early 30’s but I do have lots of memories helping them in the kitchen.
My mom would mostly let us decorate the cakes, not much else, later on she asked us on several occasions to chop vegetables, but my grandma, oh, she would have us by her side the entire time. Give me this, do that. You better learn now, soon you’ll marry and you need to take care of your household!
She meant well, but I was a lost cause. The only thing I really loved was to shape rolls when she was making bread, especially at holidays or special occasions.
And today is a special day for me – I’m celebrating my grandma’s life!
She doesn’t look like much, but she was an incredible person! I don’t think I’ve ever known someone with a bigger heart than hers! Family came first no matter what and I don’t remember her ever complaining about working so hard for us.
I think I was in middle school when my dad took me to the side to let me know grandma is not feeling well and needs to be taken to the hospital. Weeks later she came home with just one kidney. Several other surgeries followed in the next couple of years, but she was undefeated.
She continued to run the household and put each and every one of us before her needs.
Unfortunately, her big heart stopped few days ago and I miss her more than ever.
My grandma loved making bread. And, for the last couple of days, I’ve been baking like crazy. All sorts of bread. And shaped rolls. And made them pretty just like she liked them.
These nutty honey rolls are made during Romanian spring holidays, but my grandma made them year round. They were one of our favorites.
Unlike other rolls, these rolls are flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and use honey as a sweetener.
For this recipe, I used a honeydew honey which has a darker color and a very strong fruity flavor, but you can use whatever good-quality honey you have on hand.
The dough for these nutty honey rolls is very rich and it takes a little longer to rise. If you’re in a hurry, I would suggest using Red Star Platinum yeast (you can read about it here) and skip the yeast proofing step. Mix the yeast with the other ingredients and make the dough. Let rise, shape and bake the rolls.
Although the Platinum yeast has been a favorite for years now, for this recipe I still prefer active dry yeast. It gives plenty of time for the flavors to develop while the dough is rising.
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