Nothing says autumn like cinnamon rolls, right?
And how about APPLE cinnamon rolls?
Imagine this. Soft and fluffy bread with sweet tart soft apple chunks together with heavenly smell cinnamon sugar and covered with creamy cream cheese glaze.
Sounds good to you? Well it sounds wonderful to me 😀
Let's get started!
What Apples To Use
For these apple cinnamon rolls, I like to use Granny Smith apples.
Granny Smith apples have that sweet and tart taste to them and they are just perfect to balance out the sweetness from both the rolls and the glaze.
They also hold their shape well while baking. Besides, they are easy to find everywhere.
But if for some reason you can't find Granny Smith apples, first try to find apples that have similar characteristics to Granny Smith. Or if you prefer your cinnamon rolls filling to be sweeter, you can always use Pink Ladies or Galas.
To Cook Or Not To Cook The Apples
This is a matter of preference, I guess.
I know I'm just a bit particular when it comes to cooking and baking. I can't help it.
Some just dice their apples and use them raw in their cinnamon rolls filling.
Personally for me I prefer to cook the apples first, even just for a few minutes. This is so that the apples get soft (not mushy, just soft) and I eliminate the liquid from the apples when cooking them. This will help the rolls not to be so soggy later, in my opinion.
Like I mentioned, it's all about preferences. You do whatever is convenient to you.
Soft Fluffy Rolls
How I wish you could taste the rolls yourself.
They are super soft and fluffy and I am not cinnamon sugar coating you 😀
The dough is super easy to do. I like to use my Kitchenaid because it makes kneading faster and I can do other things meanwhile.
You can definitely knead it by hand. I kneaded all my bread doughs by hands for years before with no problem. And then I got lazy and that's where the KA comes in 😀
Cream Cheese Glazing
Yep. Not just glazing my friend, it's cream cheese glazing.
Just by a small quantity, it takes the rolls to another level of yumminess. And since these are apple cinnamon rolls after all, abundance of glazing is highly recommended.
One thing though, glaze the rolls when they are still hot. That way the glaze will get inside the rolls and that my friend, is what we want.
Like always, I hope you will give this apple cinnamon rolls a try. They are just perfect for small gatherings or events.
Before You Go
If you're not into apple cinnamon rolls, you can check out my classic cinnamon rolls with walnuts.
Or if you want you can also check out my other delicious bread recipes:
- Cinnamon chocolate chip roll bread
- Raspberry twisted buns
- Clementine and pecan sticky buns
- Apple stuffed buns
- Swedish cardamom pistachio buns
Apple Cinnamon Rolls
- ½ cup warm water (125 ml)
- 2 tbsp honey (40 gr)
- 1 ¾ tsp dry yeast (5 gr)
- 2 cup bread flour (260 gr)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk , room temperature
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter (45 gr), melted
- zest of 1 orange
The Apple Filling
- 2 Granny Smith apples , peeled, cored and cut into small cubes
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter (15 gr)
The Cinnamon Sugar
- 3 tbsp sugar (35 gr)
- 3 tbsp brown sugar (40 gr)
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter (30 gr), softened for spreading
The Cream Cheese Glazing
- 3 oz cream cheese (80 gr)
- 1 cup icing sugar (120 gr), sifted
- 2 tbsp milk , or as your desired consistency
- some melted butter , for brushing
- Mix honey with warm water, sprinkle dry yeast and leave for 3-5 minutes for the yeast to activate.
- In a standing mixer bowl, add in the rest of the bread ingredients including yeast mixture. Mix to incorporate and then knead for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl and cover it tightly with a cling film. Leave until the dough rises double its size.
The Apple Filling
- Place all the apple filling ingredients in a pan and cook on medium heat until the apple is soft (not mushy) and the liquid evaporates. Set aside to completely cool before using.
The Cinnamon Sugar
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Once doubled in size, place the dough on a lightly floured working surface. Lightly press into a square and then roll it into an 11 inch (28 cm) square.
- Spread 2 tbsp softened butter evenly followed by cinnamon sugar. Then put the apple filling on top. Now roll the dough tightly into a log. Then cut it into 9 equal pieces and place them in a 8 inch (20 cm) buttered square pan. Cover loosely with a cling film and leave to puff up a bit, around 20 minutes. Then brush with some melted butter.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF (175ºC) for 30 minutes or until golden brown and fully cooked. Remove from the oven.
- Prepare the cream cheese glazing by mixing cream cheese and icing sugar. Add milk to loosen it up to your desired consistency. While the rolls are still hot, pour the glaze on top. Enjoy!