This year I have been in shock by how many people don't know about Resurrection rolls!!!! It seems everyone that I talk to about them looks at me with a puzzled look and asks, "What are those?." It makes me kind of sad, because they are so great and have such a great symbolism behind them!! For years and years Resurrection rolls have been a tradition at my house. Every Easter it is a roll that we make instead of buying rolls. We make them for two reasons. First they are yummy, yummy, Yummy!! But second, and most importantly, they are a reminder of WHY we celebrate Easter in the first place.
Contrary to some beliefs, Easter is not just about getting candy and having the Easter bunny hide eggs. Granted those are two things that I love about the holiday. I mean, who doesn't love candy?! And coloring eggs and having a bunny "hide" them is just something springy and fun. It let's me know that Spring is here. But the real reason that I celebrate Easter is because it is the day that Christ vanquished death and left an empty tomb in it's place. He died so that I can live. He rose again so that I don't have to sit on the judgement seat when I die. Jesus died so that He could sit in the judgement seat for me. I don't know about you, but I think that is something worth celebrating!!
So keeping all of that in mind, Resurrection rolls are a reminder of the death that Christ conquered. They are baked in such a way that when you split them open, just like Christ's grave on Easter morning, the inside is empty. That is why we bake them every Easter, to give us just another reminder of empty the tomb that Christ left behind.
So here's the basic steps on how to make them:
You take bread dough, I usually just "cheat" and get the Rhodes frozen dough, wrap it around a marshmallow and bake it. The coating that you get after baking the roll/marshmallow leaves the center of the roll hollow. The original recipe has you dip the marshmallow in butter and cinnamon/sugar before wrapping it, but I usually don't do it that way.
The original recipe is actually one from Rhodes. I'll link the recipe below so you can follow it if you want to. I am very surprised, but Rhodes actually explains the symbolism behind the rolls, including why you use the butter and cinnamon/sugar.
So, I know that Easter is over, but I hope that you will start this tradition next year. Or if you ever need a reminder some other time of the year, you can bake them then too! Ü
Resurrection Roll Recipe