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Family recipes and family farms – Cinnamon Twists

Written by CommonGround

Author: Kelsey Pope, CommonGround Nebraska

I found my husband’s grandmother’s cookbook recently that her church put together in 1982.  There’s great recipes in here! 

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I love looking through older recipes.  Many are the same as would find in more modern cookbooks or online today – and many with ingredients that are hard to find in today’s stores. Can we say oleo?

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I find it really fun to think about how old some of these recipes might be; passed down from generation to generation in their families. It’s not much different than farmers. Today’s farmers, while some bigger than others, are still family farmers.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the vast majority of farms and ranches in the United States are family owned and operated.  In fact, 93 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the United States are family owned.

Data from the last census show the number of non-family corporate farms and their percentage of total sales have remained unchanged for two decades.  What’s more, after decades of decline, USDA figures show the number of family farms has actually grown by about 4 percent.

I adapted this recipe with a few “twists.”  From my family to yours!

{Cinnamon Twists}

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Ingredients

1 cup sour cream

3 Tbsp shortening

3 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 large egg, unbeaten

1 pkg dry yeast

3 cups flour

 

Filling:

2 Tbsp butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions

In a large sauce pan, bring sour cream to a boil.

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Remove from heat. Stir in shortening, sugar, baking soda and salt until well blended. Cool until lukewarm.

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Add egg and yeast; stir until yeast is dissolved. Mix in flour.

Let double in bulk in warm place.


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Roll out dough into a large rectangle.

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Melt butter and spread evenly onto dough. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly onto dough surface. Lightly press in the sugar and cinnamon into dough.
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Cut into 1 ½ inch strips. Twist in opposite directions to form a spiral stick. Press both ends of twist firmly to a greased cookie sheet.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

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Frost with powdered sugar frosting.

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CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture. CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit www.findourcommonground.com, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at www.CommonGroundNebraska.com.

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CommonGround

CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture.
CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit www.findourcommonground.com, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at
www.CommonGroundNebraska.com.