Dora Charles’ Cinnamon Rolls – Design*Sponge

I started out cooking with a few books I still treasure today, such as Carol Field’s The Italian Baker, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s Flatbreads and Flavors, Flo Braker’s The Simple Art of Perfect Baking, and The Africa News Cookbook: African Cooking for Western Kitchens. I found cooking and baking to be rather easy, and one day it dawned on me — I had never been taught to cook, but I had always spied on my grandmother in the kitchen as she cooked. Reading Dora Charles’ cookbook, A Real Southern Cook: In Her Savannah Kitchen, transported me back to those summers at my grandmother’s, to my southern family and our stories, and to many of the foods we ate at home or at family gatherings. Dora Charles did learn to cook from her grandmother who taught her how to use visual cues and instinct to turn out fabulous food. This week, Ms. Charles has shared her recipe for Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls (which of course you can eat any time of year!), which reminds her of her childhood as well. —Kristina

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