There are several songs that define the South for me. You know what I’m talking about – those songs that come on in bars that everyone knows and provides back-up vocals for during the choruses, all while drunkenly swaying and sloshing beer on anyone within a 2 foot radius.
As a Northern bystander, I was lucky to experience this ritual first hand during my college years. Many of these songs, I had never heard – or if I had, only a few times and certainly not enough to feel confident belting them out in the middle of a crowded venue. Cheers went up whenever the beginning cords come over the speakers and I watched in awe as the everyone around me proceeded to make asses of themselves while holding their drinks high, screaming “…sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth” to the ceiling.
Sure enough, by the time my senior year rolled around I was the jackass in the bar jumping up as the first few notes of Dixieland Delight began to play. And you bet your ass I was singing “To get drunk!” in response to Hank Williams Jr.’s inquiry as to why I drink.
One song, however, is one that I will always associate with my time down here and that’s Wagon Wheel. Oh yeah, I can hear it now… Heyyyyy Momma rock me… So nostalgic, so sweet, and I adore it.
In honor of the song, I decided to share a recipe that a college roommate shared with me. How does this even relate, you ask? Well said recipe just happens to look like little wheels. Pinwheels, yes but I love Wagon Wheel and I get my kicks where I can get ‘em.
This recipe is stupid easy. Seriously. Even dudes could do it (just be wary)* It requires 4 ingredients, like 3 dishes, and about 20 minutes. J is obsessed with these little guys. It’s really quite tragic that of all the delicious (and elaborate) things I make him, this is one of his favorites.
Cinnamon Sugar Pinwheels
Yields: Around two dozen
Difficulty: Stupid Easy
- 1 frozen pie crust – the kind you roll out, not the one already in a dish
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 & ½ tablespoons butter, slightly melted
- Remove the pie crust from the freezer and allow to soften until pliable.
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Unroll the pie crust (don’t worry if it splits, just squish it back together) and use a knife or pastry brush to evenly spread the butter around the entire area of the dough:
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl and sprinkle over the buttered pie crust:
- Roll up the crust, pinwheel style
- Slice into about ½ inch slices and place on a nonstick baking sheet. They should look something like this:
- Bake until golden – between 12-14 minutes and revel how amazing they make your house smell.
I think they kind of look like mini cinnamon rolls, so serve them to a doting loved one with a cup of coffee for a tasty breakfast or a whenever you need a quick sweet in a pinch.
Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!
*As my darling boyfriend is culinarily challenged (yup, just made up that word), I am under the assumption that all other dudes are as well. Honestly some of the best chefs I know are men so I mean no offense in my sarcastic hypothesis.