My Oma was an amazing woman. She came over from Germany to the US when she was 17 years old. She left her family in a small German town and came through Ellis Island to make her home in New York City. It was there she met and married my great-grandfather and they raised 7 children together. She passed down many wonderful things to her children, grandchildren AND great-grandchildren. Some of my earliest memories are of her praying for me. Some of my happiest memories are spending time at her house on the lake and without a doubt some of my yummiest memories included her recipes.
I convinced my mom to walk me through one of her most famous recipes over Christmas break and I thought I’d share it here. I’m hoping that maybe it will inspire me to try the recipe again myself when I get home.
Oma’s Cinnamon Buns
5-6 cups of flour
2 cups milk
1/2 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tsp (secret ingredient)
2-3 pkgs of yeast
Bring milk to a boil and then mix the butter, egg & sugar in with an egg beater.
Mix 1/2 cup of warm water with yeast. Let the yeast rise a little bit until it gets foamy & then sprinkle a little sugar on top. Put flour in a bowl & make a little hole in the middle & add mix the yeast in.
Follow by missing the warm (not hot. you should be able to hold your finger in it) milk mixture in with the flour and yeast with a wooden spoon until the dough is stiff.
Then knead the dough for about 10 minutes (pull it towards you and then push it down).
Place it in a buttered bowl & let it rise in a warm oven until it doubles in size.
Take out the dough & make it into a little ball & spread it out on the floured counter with a rolling-pin. Sprinkle flour on top & press into a rectangular shape.
Mix cinnamon & sugar together in a separate bowl. Take softened butter & spread over the dough & then sprinkle the cinnamon & sugar mixture on top – be generous!
Then roll the dough & pinch to seal.
Don’t be surprised if the little people take an interest at this point.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Pour icing (powered sugar + butter + milk) on top OR buy the easy icing from the store (so says my 12 year old sister).