Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tip of the Day: Easter Celebrations

Although I do give in to the commercialism of the holidays, I try really hard to throw in traditions and activities that indicate the true meaning and origin of the seasons. 

For Christmas, we stress the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Likewise, for Easter, we emphasize the reason for the celebration: the miraculous resurrection of Christ. 

Easter Breakfast Rolls are a tradition that our whole family looks forward to and is one that allows us to demonstrate and remember that first Easter morning when Mary arrived to find an empty tomb, instead of the beloved Jesus.

 I got this recipe from a book written by Janet and Joe Hales entitled, "A Christ-Centered Easter."

Easter Breakfast Rolls

Prepare these rolls the night before for part of your Easter-morning breakfast.

1 pkg. frozen bread or roll dough, thawed (or use the dough for your favorite homemade rolls)
6 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 bag large marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, melted

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.  Divide the dough into individual roll sized portions.  Press each portion into a flat circle.  Place 1 large marshmallow in the center of each roll.   Pinch roll dough very firmly around the marshmallow.  Roll each into a seamless, or nearly seamless, ball with your hands.  Brush rolls with melted butter.  Sprinkle sugar mixture over rolls.

Cover rolls with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.

On Sunday morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take rolls our of the refrigerator, remove wrap, and bake for 15 minutes until rolls are golden brown.  Just like Christ's tomb on Easter Sunday, these rolls will be empty!  One of the fun things about these rolls is no matter how many years we've done them, that first bite always seems to be a surprise to everyone.

Bonus Tip:  My kids love to help make these and even more, they love to help eat them! Make a lot because they go fast and furious. 

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