We love celebrating holidays around our house, but as Christians, we try to make sure we are celebrating the real significance of the holiday.
Easter is no exception. Jesus’ resurrection from the grave is something to celebrate!!!
We’ve been making these resurrection rolls in our home for a couple of years now. The point behind it is to illustrate the story of how after Jesus was crucified, they prepared his pure sinless body (white marshmallow) with oils and spices (butter and cinnamon and sugar), and placed him in the tomb (the crescent roll).
Three days later, when the women went to the tomb, it was EMPTY! Jesus had risen!
When you bake the marshmallow stuffed crescent roll, the marshmallow disintegrates, leaving a hollow empty “tomb”.
My kids love this tradition, and the eating part is especially tasty. It’s fun but points to Jesus.
This year I wanted to try to make everything homemade. I’m not opposed to allowing my kids to have junk every once in a while. I hardly ever deprive them of that kind of stuff outside of the home. Recently though, I felt like they have been getting more than their fair share of junk. Everywhere we turn they’re getting Easter candy and “treats”, so this year I challenged myself to still enjoy this special Easter tradition, but made with all real food homemade ingredients.
Here is a homemade marshmallow recipe from my friend Amy of A Blossoming Life.. Aren’t they cute? They were a huge hit and made a ton of marshmallows.
I also used a homemade crescent roll recipe. It still uses unbleached organic flour and not whole wheat, but it’s still much better than the canned crescent roll alternative. These crescent rolls would also make a tasty addition to your Easter dinner. Make them the night before and bake fresh the next day. Below is what they look like when you don’t stuff them with a marshmallow and you just roll it up plain. Come to mama!
Here’s the recipe for these fun real food resurrection rolls. If you make the marshmallows and the crescent roll dough the night before, it’s not too much trouble. Make sure you pinch the dough well when rolling up the marshmallow, but don’t worry if your marshmallow runs out. You will still have a hollow center, and the point will still be made. The taste is similar to sticky buns. Yum!
- Homemade marshmallows
- (recipe link above)
- Crescent rolls
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 T. honey or sucanant
- ¼ c. butter
- ¾ cup warm water
- 1 T. yeast
- 2 to 2½ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 4 T. sucanant
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 T. butter, melted
- The night before make marshmallows according to directions provided in link above. Let set up overnight, and cut the next morning into squares.
- Also the night before prepare crescent rolls.
- Heat butter, milk, and honey or sugar in a saucepan until melted.
- Add melted mixture, warm water, and yeast to a stand mixer, and let sit 5 minutes until foamy.
- Add flour and salt and with a dough hook, mix until a smooth and slightly sticky dough forms. Approx 3 minutes. You may have to scrape the sides.
- Turn out on a floured work surface and roll out into a large rectangular shape.
- Smear with softened butter.
- Fold into thirds, then in half.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning roll out dough again into a large rectangle.
- With a pizza cutter, slice into fourths and then each fourth into two long triangles.
- Roll a marshmallow in butter, then in cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Roll marshmallow in crescent roll, taking care to pinch all seams tightly.
- Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes or until golden.
- Some of the insides may have escaped, but the center will still be hollow.
Below are illustrations to help you with the instructions above. Happy Easter!