Monday, February 20, 2012

Recipe: Apple Rolls

I got the idea for this somewhere - I just don't remember where.  Because of that, I don't have the actual recipe I saw, but thought I could probably do it justice anyway.  The worst I could do was come up with something no one would want to eat, and it wouldn't be the first time that happened, so I gave her a whirl.  For the most part, the girls raved about them.  The ones who didn't do any raving are the ones who just don't like cooked apple things anyway, so I pretty much dismissed their opinions.  The main difference I made from the recipe I saw (at least, from what I could remember of it) was that they used fresh apple, peeled, cored, sliced, and then mixed with cinnamon and sugar.  I figured it would just be easier to open a jar of pie filling.  Plus, I didn't have fresh cooking apples on hand, so here's what I came up with. 

Apple Rolls
1 egg                1/4c melted butter
3/4c. milk          3/4c. boiling water
1/4c. honey       1 1/2tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast (or 1 pack Rapid Rise)
3 1/2 - 4 1/2c all purpose flour (This can be part whole wheat and part all purpose if you like.)
1 large can apple pie filling (I used a quart jar of the pie filling we made last fall)

Maple Butter
maple syrup
softened butter

Start by melting your butter and setting your water to boil. 
Beat your egg in a small mixing bowl.
In a large bowl, add your milk, honey, salt, melted butter, and boiling water. 
Stir until the honey and salt are dissolved.
If your liquid is still hot (and it probably is) you'll need to temper your egg by slowly pouring a cup of the hot liquid into the beaten egg while continuing to beat it.  This allows the temperature of the egg to rise gradually, so you don't get little bits of cooked egg in the final product. 
When you're finished, pour that mixture back into the large bowl while stirring. 
I used whole, white wheat for part of the flour in my rolls - approx 2c.
Then I added a cup of all purpose flour and my yeast.
Mix that together, adding more all purpose four until the dough comes together.
If you are using a stand mixer, you don't have to mix this until the sides are completely clean, just until the dough is smooth and elastic, and forms a nice dough ball.  You do need to knead it for a bit, but I always leave my sweet roll dough a little stickier than I would regular bread dough. Lightly greasing your hands will help you work with the dough later since it is a bit stickier.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, spread butter on top, cover with a non-fuzzy towel,  and allow to rise until doubled in bulk - about an hour and a half.
While the dough rises you can prepare your filling.  Empty the can of pie filling in a shallow dish and roughly chop the apple into smaller pieces.  Set aside until your dough has finished rising.
When it's ready, punch it down and preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Divide the dough into balls - this recipe should make about 16-18 rolls.
They don't have to be perfect because you will flatten them into a circle.
Don't flatten it out completely in the center.  The edges should be a little thinner than the middle.
If you flatten it too much in the center you'll have thin places in the top which tend to split during baking.
Place a spoonful of pie filling in the center.
Then pull the edges up around the filling.
Pinch the seams closed, then place it, seam side down, in a greased pan.
These do not need a second rising.  Go ahead and bake for 15-18 min, or until golden brown.
If you like, you can prepare these the night before and then cover you pan and put the rolls in the refrigerator overnight.  Bake the next morning - just make sure you preheat the oven or they'll rise too much and blow over the pan while the oven heats up.
Initially I was planning on sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar, and I did start to do that, but changed courses and decided they would probably be much better with maple butter drizzled over them. 
 I was right.
For the drizzle, take equal parts maple syrup and butter and stir them together over gentle heat until they are blended.  Store any unused maple butter in the fridge.  It may separate a bit; just stir it back together.
These were so very good.
Sweet bread wrapped around a warm apple filling and topped with maple butter.
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  1. This recipe looks sooo very delicious! I am going to make some up this morning for my kids! Thanks for sharing:).


  2. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rolls.

  3. Becky, we loved them! I am posting about it right now!!


    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I'll have to pop over and check out your site.

  4. they do look delicious! I am not cooking much other than main meals at the moment but I would love to give them a try.
    Also Happy Birthday to Kay!

  5. Thanks. I'll pass your birthday greeting on to Kay.

  6. Would this work the same if I just baked the rolls and left out the filling? I would love the filling but hubby would not and I better not eat them all myself......:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Dawn.
      And yes, you could certainly leave the filling out if you like, or maybe use a different fruit pie filling if there is another that your husband likes. Another idea would be to knead in raisins, or you could roll them up for cinnamon rolls, or pinch off pieces, and roll in cinnamon and sugar to make monkey bread.
      This is just a pretty basic sweet roll dough, so it's pretty versatile.

  7. Someone was raving about this recipe on another blog, and I had to pop over and check it out! Thanks! (I like the songs on your playlist...I think I'll peruse some of your other posts, too!)

    1. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments. I appreciate you stopping in.

  8. These look delicious! My mother made somethings similar, but the dough was more like pie crust than a yeast dough I think.
    Either way, I think we will be trying these.

    1. I'm so glad you dropped in. I hope you enjoy them.