Monday, July 4, 2011

Nova's Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Nova and I at the Schwartz Reunion
Nova Brill is my first cousin and the person responsible for assembling the Schwartz Cookbook containing hundreds of family recipes.  Many of us have talked about accomplishing this task for years, but Nova is the one to finally organize the family and finalize the project.

I found some great recipes in the cookbook from Nova and wanted to share one of my new favorites.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

1  Cup Milk, scalded
2  Pkgs. Yeast (4 1/2 tsp or 1/2 ounce)
1/2  Cup Sugar
2  Eggs, beaten
1  Cup Water, lukewarm
1/2  Cup Butter
1 1/2  tsp. Salt
7  Cups Flour

Scald the milk and pour over the sugar, salt and butter.  Allow this to cool until it is lukewarm.  In another bowl dissolve the yeast in water.  Put both mixtures together and add flour gradually, beating well.  Add a little more flour so it is not real sticky.  Knead the dough for 5 minutes.  Let the dough rise until it is double in bulk.  Punch down and roll it out to 1/2" thickness.  Add the filling evenly over the dough and roll it like a jelly roll.  Slice 1/2" - 1" thick and place on baking pan.  Let rise for about 1 hour.  Bake at 400° F for 10 minutes or until they are done.  Frost and serve warm.

6  TBS Butter
2  TBS Cinnamon, ground
1  Cup Brown Sugar

1  Cup Nuts, chopped (use your favorite, I love pecans)

Brush dough with butter.  Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle evenly over dough.

3/4  Stick Butter (6 TBS)
1  lb. Powdered Sugar
1/4  tsp. Vanilla
Hot Water

Melt the butter and add to powdered sugar and vanilla.  Blend until smooth.  Add a few drops of hot water at a time until the consistency runs but remains thick.  Ready to frost the rolls.

Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll.  Now you don't have an excuse not to make them for you family.

Note for the family:  Nova is the daughter of Aunt Elizabeth (Lil) Schwartz Blount.  Nova made note on this recipe that there was a note on her original copy that the recipe came from Fannie Mae Schwartz.


  1. I'll have to try this recipe. Nova is my aunt (I'm one of Barb's sons) and I was impressed with the cookbook she compiled. Sorry I wasn't able to attend the Schwartz reunion. This cookbook has a lot of interesting recipes, many of which have historical significance for the Schwartz family.

  2. You missed a great reunion but I realize how tough it can be to make it up every year. We owe Nova a huge thank you for compiling this cookbook!