A treat like no other! For years we have been making Resurrection Buns on Easter morning with the “littles” (my sweet way of referring to your kids).
The process is a bit messy and yes, I have disappointed more than one mom as she looked at the mess I was sending home with her daughter, dressed up in her Easter dress! Sorry!
The following scene has been replayed year after year:
After the buns have baked, we gather around to see and taste! Eager anticipation is barely contained with fidgets and twistings for a better view. The air is full of the sweet perfume of cinnamon and sugar. As the longed for arrival comes into view, a murmur begins to arise. What would they find? What would it look like? You’ll see, whispered those who had witnessed the miracle before. You’ll see! And then one bun was plucked from the rest and held aloft for all to see. Carefully a knife cuts the end off of the bun. A spontaneous gasp from the kids. It was true! The tomb was empty!
The miracle would last long enough for buns to swiftly be distributed and then silence as the tasty buns disappeared into eager mouths. And discussion could begin – not always at a comfortable decibel. But always a lesson well-learned and eagerly shared with parents on pick up … the tomb is empty! Christ has Risen!!
I stress that it is not magic. The dough does what it is supposed to do. The marshmallow does what it is supposed to do. And God’s love remains to be found in the sweetness that remains. Other symbolism includes:
- Marshmallow – the body of Jesus
- Butter – oils used in burial
- Cinnamon and sugar – the spices used to perfume the body
- Dough – the tomb
- Baked roll with empty center is, of course, the empty tomb following the resurrection
Guide your kids, but remember it is impossible to do this wrong. Pass around a bottle of hand sanitizer as you begin. Make sure you pinch the dough around the marshmallow. I usually have kids put the marshmallow on the narrow tip of the crescent and roll toward the larger end because it’s easier to pinch together and completely cover the marshmallow. Use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls because they seem to stay pinched better (leak less!) than other brands. Line the baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper for quick cleanup – because, in spite of your best efforts, some marshmallow will leak out of at least one roll! Have fun!