Thursday, October 20, 2011

Recipe: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Don't you just love this time of year?  The cooler nights, the changing colors of the leaves, apples, cinnamon, sweaters and soups.  Fall just cannot be beat!  I was so excited to be invited to join other bloggers by Sheryl at Lady Behind the Curtain for her Improv Challenge.  This month's challenge is caramel and apples and I knew the recipe that I wanted to make.  

When I came across this recipe on Amanda's blog, Fake Ginger.  All I have to say about these delightfully good rolls is....YUM!  I loved the caramel apple filling. You have to give these a try they are worth the extra effort of cooking the apples and sugar.  I also made these easier by making the dough in my bread maker. I frosted my cinnamon rolls with a thicker more gooey frosting because I figure if you are going to be sinful you might as well go all out but the next time that I make these, I will use the glaze.


Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls 
(adapted from the original recipe by Amanda/Fake Ginger)


For the cinnamon rolls: 
6 tbsp sugar 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
5 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3 1/2 cups bread flour 
2 tsp instant (rapid rise) yeast 
1 cup plus 2-4 tablespoon whole milk or buttermilk, at room temperature

For the filling: 
1 tbsp unsalted butter
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼" slices
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp cornstarch 
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
pinch ground nutmeg 
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 

For the frosting: 
4 ounces cream cheese, softened 
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp caramel sauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cup confectioners’ sugar


Add the roll ingredients in your bread maker pan as directed by your manufacturer.  Set up dough cycle and start. Meanwhile, make the filling. To make the caramelized apples, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apple slices, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until the apples are evenly coated. Cook about 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon to blend; set aside.

Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough out into a rectangle with a rolling pin, lightly dusting the dough with flour if needed to keep it from sticking (about 12 x 14 inches for larger rolls or 9 x 18 inches for smaller rolls). Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the surface of the dough. Evenly distribute the caramelized apples over the top of the dough. Starting with the wide edge, roll up the dough into a cigar-shaped log. Pinch the seam shut, and with the seam side down, slice the log into your desired number of rolls. Transfer them to a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, spacing them about 1/2" apart.  Place in the oven and let rise about 75-90 minutes, until the rolls have grown into each other and have nearly doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool in the baking about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in the caramel sauce and vanilla extract. Add confectioners’ sugar starting with 1 1/2 cups.  Add more if needed to reach a thicker frosting and until smooth. Gently frost the rolls. Let cool at least 15-20 minutes before serving.

NOTEThese rolls can be made a couple of days in advance and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them off.  Just follow the instructions upon until they have been sliced and put in the pan.  Cover them loosely with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Pull the pan out of the refrigerator 3-4 hours before baking to let the dough proof.  Once the dough has proofed and has doubled in size, follow the baking and glazing directions.

The Improve Cooking Challenge

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  1. Your rolls look awesome! I've added the Caramel Apple Scones #53.

  2. I LOVE your recipe!!! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can't wait to see what you make next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese!

  3. Wow, wish I could have been in your home when these were served.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. I think I could eat that frosting with a spoon! Those rolls are beautiful.

  5. Cinnamon rolls are a weakness of mine - these look fabulous!

  6. I just made an unsuccessful batch of cinnamon rolls so I am looking for a better recipe. This may just be it!

  7. Hi Wende,
    Your Rolls are just out of this world, heavenly! I sure wish I had one right now to go with my coffee. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Whoa! Those are picture perfect! Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Temptations!

  9. I made this fabulous recipe, this was such a yummy and delicious dish on last weekend. I freeze it one hour and after I served, too yummy.

  10. I wish I had one of these right now! What a perfect treat. Excellent choice for this month's challenge!!

  11. Those have got to be better than regular cinnamon rolls. I bet the apples and caramel really set it over the top. Great pick for the Improv Cooking Challenge :)

  12. Hi Wende, these rolls sound and look absolutely delicious. I suggest you make us some and send them right now, LOL Seriously, I shall have to try making them. I found your blog recently and plan on following. Please pop on over to my blog and perhaps you will follow me also. Hugs, Chris

  13. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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