Sunday came around again, and in the midst of the pandemic is has been hard to find ways to keep the days feeling distinct. I made pancakes on Saturday morning, so I wanted to come up with something different on Sunday.

Sunday came around again, but this time it was Palm Sunday. It’s a very strange thing to be a pastor not with your flock during this high time in the church year (Short version: I’m on sabbatical and the timeline was changed due to illness in our family).

This was not the plan, but that seems ridiculous to say in the face of a global pandemic. Obviously none of this “is the plan”…this Palm Sunday wasn’t as anyone has hoped or planned…

But now I wonder if this is something like what the disciples felt in the rush and crush of what we now mark as Holy Week. This is not the plan…or is this the plan? What’s happening?!

I imagine there was significant disorientation, riding the highs of praise and being close to this charismatic leader quickly followed by such lows with the darkness and fear that came with the unfolding of the week.

All of their hopes and expectations, their plans upended abruptly. Reflection, re-evaluation, re-orientation in light of all that is happening and has happened.

Sunday came around again…

After the lunch dishes were washed up, I decided to try a new challah dough recipe (from the Celebration Bread cookbook I have been enjoying so much) and then used a portion of that dough to make individual cinnamon buns.

Blessings to you as you enter into Holy Week and this not-the-plan stretch of time.

Blessings as you submit to the disorientation and reorientation of this season of upheaval.

Blessings as you both trust and embrace that Sunday will come around again…


🥚 Bread dough (you can use any type. Enriched dough will make a tastier/sweeter treat. This time around I used challah dough, but you could use your favorite dough recipe or even refrigerated/frozen bread dough)

🥚 1/4 c. cinnamon sugar mixture (You can make your own: 1 T cinnamon with 3 T white sugar)


🍥 Divide the dough into four or six equal portions.

🍥 Using a rolling pin, roll out each portion of dough into a small rectangle

🍥Sprinkle about 1 T of cinnamon sugar evenly on top of the rectangle.

🍥Roll the dough, starting with the long side (as you would traditionally with cinnamon rolls).

🍥 Slice down the middle of the roll the long way.

🍥 Cross the two strands at the center, making a large X. Keep the open seam face up as much as possible.

🍥 Alternate the strands on either side of the X making a braid/twist of sorts. Pinch the ends together.

🍥 Beginning with one end wrap the dough into a spiral. Carefully lift and place on a baking sheet.

🍥 Loosely cover, and allow to rise for about an hour.

🍥 Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

This (simple!) swirl technique takes the presentation to the next level, and because of their smaller size– less time to bake!

These are delicious warm from the oven or served with cream cheese frosting (recipe included in the Long Distance Birthday Cake post)

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

One thought on “Cinna-Minis

  1. Thanks for the reminder that Sunday (and regular Sundays) will come again. And that upheaval, even/especially during Holy week has been happening for a very long time. It is comforting to get the long view sometimes!


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