I love coffee. Black. Forget the sugar; forget the cream or milk. Give me a cup of steaming, clear coffee and I’m happy. My favorite moment of the day is before the girls get up in the morning, pouring myself a mug of black energy, wrapping my hands around the warm ceramic, and taking that first steamy sip. It’s quiet; it’s warmth; it’s bliss.
What makes bliss even better? Baked goods. And at this time of year, butterhorns come to mind. The recipe was my grandma’s, and while I remember having them at her house, what I remember better are my mom’s. Growing up, these crescent-shaped sweet rolls glazed in vanilla icing trumpeted the arrival of Easter morning. They had sprinkles, too. 🙂 It made getting up before the crack of dawn for sunrise service worth it.
Since moving out on my own, I’ve continued the tradition every Easter. Do I need to make them? No. Easter will arrive in all its glory whether there are butterhorns or not. But there’s something about standing in my kitchen, rolling the cut triangles of buttered dough and knowing that it’s something that’s happened for years going back at least two generations. Sappy? Oh, yeah. But I hope that someday my girls will stand in their own kitchens with flour-dusted hands rolling memories into their own triangles. They don’t know my grandma; they probably won’t remember my mom, but they will be connected for a few moments through the words of a recipe that spans past, present, and future.
And so tomorrow as the sun rises to cast light upon the empty tomb, you will most likely find me thinking of my grandma and mom who are now basking in the unimaginable joys of Christ’s resurrection realized, savoring the quiet bliss of that first sip of coffee and a butterhorn. He is risen! He is risen indeed!
- 1 package (2 ¼ tsp.) yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 ½ – 4 cups flour
Scald milk for 4 ½ minutes at 50% in microwave. Add shortening, sugar, and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Beat eggs, stir in milk, shortening, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add dissolved yeast and stir. Add flour to form stiff dough. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until double.* Roll out part of dough, spread with softened or melted butter and cut like pie (pizza cutter works well). Roll up starting at widest end and form into crescent. Let rise again until double. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cool. Frost with powdered sugar and milk frosting.
Dough can also be made into cinnamon rolls or coffeecake.
*Boil a cup of water in microwave and set bowl with dough inside with door closed or place in a warm oven (make sure the oven is off). Should rise in about 30-45 minutes.