Using the dough from this ginormous recipe, the icing from this miniature recipe, & the caramel sauce from this delicious breakfast recipe I present to you PLSR’s latest hybrid recipe: apple pie cinnamon rolls. A combination of two classic American desserts, this recipe is one that’s acceptable to serve year-round. Replace your boring cinnamon rolls during those cold winter days, substitute it for a basic apple pie on the 4th, welcome fall with it’s true to season cinnamon flavors, & indulge in spring because why not!
While it technically is a time consuming recipe, majority of the time you’re just waiting for the dough to rise & the rolls to bake. Other than that, this recipe is far less intimidating than it may seem. The outcome is worth waiting for as the pillowy dough & crisp apple flavor is one heck of a combination.
- for the dough:
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup light almond milk (buttermilk will work too!)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- for the filling:
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cinnamon, to taste
- 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, & chopped into tiny pieces
- caramel sauce, save extra to drizzle with icing! (1/4 stick butter, ½ cup brown sugar, & 1 tbsp corn syrup)
- for the icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Over low heat, combine butter & milk in medium saucepan. Stir until the butter is liquid & then pour mixture into large mixing bowl.
- Let mixture cool for 5 minutes or until temperature of warm bath water. Add in yeast & let activate for 10 minutes.
- Add in 1 tbsp granulated sugar & salt. Stir.
- Add in flour 1 cup at a time while stirring.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface & knead for one minute. Place ball of dough into sprayed mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, & place in warm area to rise until doubled in size.
- On lightly floured surface, flatten dough until about ½ inch wide & ¼ inch thick.
- In mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients & sprinkle onto dough. (make caramel sauce by mixing ingredients in large skillet over medium heat until smooth)
- Starting at one end of the dough roll inwards towards other end of dough. Once it is in a log shape, slice with knife or floss into 1.5 inch rolls.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line circular baking dish with cinnamon rolls next to one another. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once rolls have cooled for about 5 minutes, in small bowl combine all icing ingredients. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Serve & enjoy!
3 large mixing bowl
9 inch circular baking dish