Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chili & Cinnamon Rolls? Sometimes Less is More...

While traveling for business in Nebraska, I saw the above sign at Runza (a popular Nebraska chain) and posted it on Facebook with the comment: "Sometimes Less is More..."

I received the below facebook comments. The names have been changed.

Ms. Nebraska: Ohhh.....but you've missed the whole deal!!! In Lincoln, there used to be a department store chain called Miller & Paine. They had a bakery and a tearoom. (Mom worked in the bakery and I worked in the tearoom. My sister worked in Customer Service, then China and gift registry, and then was a buyer.) The Miller & Paine cinnamon rolls are infamous!!!! Runza bought the rights to the recipe and now serve them. And then the other deal is that many schools in Nebraska on cold winter/fall days would serve chili with cinnamon rolls for lunch. (Kind of like Texas does beans and cornbread.) Chili and cinnamon rolls is a great combo and a family favorite meal in Nebraska. So Runza Restaurants which are of Nebraska origin are using some Nebraska favorites on their menu. Using the Miller & Paine cinnamon rolls and the chili and cinnamon meal favorite. (So is this more than you wanted to know....LOL)

Teach: where is this, I love Runza!

Wifey: [Ms. Nebraska], I can't say that your explanation makes this combo sound any better... :-) [Teach], he is in Nebraska for work

Editor: Wow. I saw a sign for mocha beef sandwiches the other day. I am assuming these are separate things, but even still...

Ms. Nebraska: [RC] and [Wifey], you need to try it. You will like it. Cinnamon is a good companion to chili. Also....most midwesterners do not do a "hot" chili like Texas. This is a little milder and the flavors go very well together. Cinnamon is often used in desserts for mexican or southwestern spicy dishes. Be brave!!! :)

Ms. Nebraska: You have been challenged!!


dandelion said...

chili and cinnamon rolls are a great plains phenomenon. They were served in school luchrooms from Montana to Kansas. The cinnamon roll is not eaten with the chili, but as dessert. If you think about it cinnamon and hot spicy food are a delicious combination in many cultures. Cinnamon is an ingredient in lots of chili recipes along with cocoa. HTH

dandelion said...

I found this recipe in my archives. Enjoy. They are close to the original.

Miller and Paine Cinnamon Rolls

1 cake yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water (105 degrees - not hotter)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup soft butter
1 tablespoon salt
6 cups flour
5 tablespoons melted shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
3/4 tablespoon soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon

Dissolve yeast in water. Add 3 cups sifted flour and eggs. Beat well. Add sugar, salt, and shortening. Then add last 3 cups flour. Mix. Let rise to double size. Work down and let rise again. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Cover rolled out portion with 1/2 cup soft butter and sprinkle with the mixture of 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Roll tightly, sealing edge. Cut into 1-inch pieces for a shallow pan or 2-inch pieces for a loaf pan. Mix brown sugar with 1 tablespoon of water. Stir in 3-4 tablespoons of soft butter. Heat together, then put in the bottom of the pan and place rolls on top. Bake about 30-35 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until done. Turn upside down onto a waxed sheet before removing from the pan.

Terri said...

Thank you SO MUCH!! I grew up in Kansas City. This was a Staple in our School Lunches in the 1970's and 1980's. Everyone could NOT WAIT for Chili and Cinnamon Roll Day on the school lunch monthly menu. I had it tonight for dinner!!! PERFECT COMBINATION of Savory, Spicy and Sweetness!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmm....mmmmmmmmmm...