Years ago I remember our fabulous Aunt Sandy bringing the most amazing cornucopia made of bread to Thanksgiving dinner. Well, I was so impressed with it that still every year I think “Oh, I’d love to make one of those.” But being the lazy person I am, it just seemed to involved & I didn’t want to get myself into a project I was only going to get frustrated with. This year I decided was the year. Only there had to be an easier way, Right?! So, one day while I was thinking on how I could make this easier, I opened the freezer to get what I needed for dinner & ended up looking straight at the package of Rhodes rolls. It’s then I think I heard the “Hallelujah Chorus”ha ha. I’ve used those for millions of other things why not this?! It’s possible I’m the last person to think of using rolls, but it turned out so great I have to share!!
All you need: Rhodes Dinner Rolls & aluminum foil
First I set out about 20 rolls to thaw. Then I made about 20 to 25 aluminum foil balls & set aside about a 20 inch sheet of foil.
This part, I thought, was kind of tricky. Basically you take the flat piece of foil & shape it into sort of a funnel, fill it with the foils balls, and use a sheet of foil to cover the front to keep the foil balls from falling out. Then just work with it a bit to get it the exact shape you want.
While I was working with the tin foil, the kiddos were more than willing to roll the Rhodes rolls dough into long strands, & they did an awesome job!
While my two favorite helpers continued to roll out the dough, I took three strand of dough and braided them together for the top. Then I warpped the strips of dough around the foil until it was about to the end. To finish I wrapped the braid around the front. (A twist would be fun too).
Next I covered and let the dough raise for about an hour & a half.
I followed the baking instructions on the package of rolls. So, bake at 350 degrees for about 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. You’ll want to watch it closely. I even rotated mine half way through. When it’s done, coat with butter, let cool, and remove the foil.
I love this part because you can fill it with whatever you want & you’ll have a beautifully edible center piece for Thanksgiving Dinner 😀
The cornucopia is a symbol of abundance, and I have to say my life is a cornucopia. I’m not without my struggles, but it’s beautiful & filled with more blessings than I could ever count.