Snow Cap Rolls

Snow Cap Rolls
During college, I spent one summer working at one of the camps located at Bradford Woods, which is near Martinsville, Indiana. Occasionally we had a free weekend and when that happened I went to one of my counselor friend’s home in Indianapolis. Her mom, Mrs. Wagner, fed us with scrumptious food each visit. Because she knew I liked to cook, she shared several of her favorite recipes. Her roll recipe, Snow Cap Rolls, is delectable. It  has become a family favorite and tradition. I don’t dare lose this recipe! So I am grateful to Jo Ellen and her mom for the sharing of a comfortable bed, good food, and lifelong recipes.

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk, scalded (cooked just below boiling point)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 – 6 cups sifted flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1/4 cup orange juice

2 – 3 cups powder sugar
1 tablespoon softened butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-3 tablespoons milk
dash of salt

Soften active dry yeast in warm water. Combine milk, shortening, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in about two cups flour. Beat well. Add eggs; mix well. Stir in softened yeast. Add orange peel, juice, and remaining flour. Mix well. Knead dough 8-10 minutes on lightly floured surface (or with dough hook and mixer). Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the dough’s entire surface. Cover. Let dough rise in warm place until double (about two hours). Punch down; cover; let rest ten minutes.

Divide dough into thirds. From each portion, shape dough into balls. Place in greased cake pans or other baking pans with sides (metal). Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost double, 45 to 60 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes (or until done).  Keeping rolls in their pans, place on a cooling rack.

Make icing while the rolls are cooking. Then while rolls are still warm and in their pans, top with icing. Adjust the amount of powder sugar and milk, as needed (you may need more or less of each, depending on how much you ice).

To make the icing, place powdered sugar in a bowl; add butter, dash of salt and mix together. Add vanilla and mix again. Then slowly add the milk or cream to the mixture. Add a little at a time, so you can stir out any lumps in the sugar and so the icing does not become too thin. Once thoroughly mixed and smooth, spread onto rolls.