Sunday, November 18, 2012

Grandma Barbra Jensen's Sweet Dough Bread

My mom didn't spend a lot of time in the kitchen, as far as I remember.  Too many other demands on her time, I'm sure.  But she made this special treat to take to all our friends every year for Christmas.  This is close to what it looked like.  I just found her recipe and thought I'd share it with you exactly as she wrote it.

Mix together.... 1 1/2 c lukewarm milk
                         1/2 c sugar
                         2 tsp salt

Soak............... 2 pkg dry granular yeast in
                        1/2 c lukewarm water for 5 min without stirring.  Then stir well before adding.

Stir in............ 2 eggs
                      1/2 c soft shortening
                      7 - 7 1/2  c sifted flour

(Mix in first with spoon, then knead in with hands.)

After second rising, divide dough for desire coffee cakes.  Round up, cover, and let rest 15 min so dough is easy to handle.  Shape dough, let rise until light (15 - 30 min.) and bake according to directions for each type of coffee cake.

Cinamon Roll Ring - With scissors, make cuts 2/3 of way through at 1" intervals.  Turn each section out.

Christmas Braid - [Roll dough into rectangular shape.] Spread filling (My mom used canned cherry pie filling) down center of dough.  Make diagonal cuts on each side of the dough and lace opposite sides of dough across each other.


  1. Mom-Do you know how many plates one recipe will make?

  2. I don't but I will make the recipe and find out. Mom used to make dozens of these but I was young and didn't ask questions. :) I cried when I came across her recipe. Thanks for the motivation.

  3. I know I'm a few months late commenting, but I just realized this looks exactly like the recipe my mom used for her cinnamon rolls. It really is a wonderful recipe and we love it too.