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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Today we were at the Farmer's Market in Waikiki, Hawaii and we bought the most amazing cinnamon rolls.  They were like a regular cinnamon roll with the added treat of cooked apple inside.  Yummy!  What's not to like about cinnamon, apples, and bread all cooked to gooey goodness.  So here is my own version of this treat.  Enjoy some today for breakfast, or lunch or a snack.  Oh, heck, if you want one for dinner I won't tell!  This dough recipe is a pared down version offered by The Pioneer Woman.

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 T. yeast
  • 2 cups ( Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4/ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 t. Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
  •   2 apples, diced
  • 1/4 c. water
For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil. Set aside and cool to warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.
Add 2 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)
Put the apples and water in saucepan and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Cool.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
To assemble the rolls, remove the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle. The dough should be rolled very thin.
To make the filling, pour some melted butter over the surface of the dough-enough to coat the entire surface.   Sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and the sugar over the butter. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar! Gooey is the goal.  Top this with the cooked apples.
Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don’t worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long log.
Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch slices.  Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t allow the rolls to become overly brown.
If you like a frosting on top :
1c. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk
1/4 t. vanilla
Pour over rolls and enjoy!

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