We usually begin Easter morning with making and devouring Resurrection Rolls.
Resurrection Rolls are actually the Pillsbury Magic Marshmallow Rolls. They are fun and easy to make with kids. They "bury" the marshmallow, dredged through melted butter and cinnamon, inside crescent dough (analogous to the body in the tomb) and as they bake, the marshmallows expand and then melt. When the rolls are baked, they come out as hollow, "empty tombs" (filled with gooey cinnamon-y sweetness).
This recipe was the 1969 winner of the annual Pillsbury Bake Off. My mom began making them at that point and we made many of these rolls throughout my childhood. (Mom reports that the recipe was published again in the 25th anniversary edition of the Pillsbury Bake Off because of its beloved reception when it was the winner.)
I don't remember when these Magic Marshmallow Rolls became Resurrection Rolls in my history, but somehow these yummy, easy sweet rolls gained religious symbolism along the way! Now you can look around on-line and find recipes for "Resurrection Rolls". The fun of making these is the process and the visual they provide of what was once there and is no longer. (I recognize the limitations that this symbol contains, Jesus vs. a marshmallow; a Crescent roll vs. a tomb for the dead; disbelief and conquering death vs. a yummy breakfast treat, to mention a few). But it is a fun, easy, inexpensive activity to do with the kids and a very delicious breakfast roll!
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cans (8 oz each) Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
16 large marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. (or so) of milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon. Melt butter in separate bowl.
Place in greased muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and pourable, but not too thin.
|lots of hands|
|ready to bake|
|some with pecans some w/o|
|the mystery...the empty roll|