I stumbled across this recipe by dragging out one of my random charity cookbooks and flipping through. The recipe seems weird, but it works, and more importantly taste better than the cinnamon rolls we buy at SuperStore. They have the same quality to the roll itself – not bread, but not really biscuit either.
1 c. white sugar
1 c. margarine
1 c. milk (or sour milk as the original called for)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt (I always skip this)
1 tsp vanilla
about 4 cups flour, give or take. Original recipe said “flour enough to roll”
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
I dump the milk, sugar and margarine in a bowl and warm it in the microwave enough so I can mix it easily. Toss in the baking soda and vanilla. Stir in a couple cups of flour till well mixed. It will be very cake-like. Stir in the next cup of flour until well mixed. Now stir in a bit of flour at a time until it turns into a soft dough, just enough to be able to dump onto a floured counter top.
Roll out about 1/2″ thick into a rectangle shape roughly 12″ by 18″. Spread some soft margarine over the top with a knife. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of brown sugar over this and smooth out evenly. Sprinkle a good lot of cinnamon over top.
From the short end, roll tightly into a large fat roll. Cut into twelve chunks, one at a time (cut roll in half, then half again,then each of those into thirds) , and move carefully to your baking pan. Place in the oven, center rack, and bake until lightly browned. This takes a good 15 minutes or so.
So good they do not need icing. Enjoy with a nice hot cup of tea, and maybe some company.