Friday, December 16, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

A few months ago when I made blueberry sweet rolls, I was left with so many scraps of dough that I just couldn't bear to throw them away. I decided to turn those scraps into a new, more fall-themed cinnamon roll with excellent results. These make a really decadent Sunday breakfast and go excellently with a cup of tea. I immediately went on another hike to the Hollywood sign after devouring one of these, but it was well worth it! This is my last regular post as I prepare to take off on a long vacation for the holidays. There will be a few things popping up while I'm gone so be sure to check in. I'll be back with plenty of recipes, restaurants, photos, and musings in 2012. Happy holidays!

Leftover dough
Leftover dough (I'm so happy I think to freeze almost everything)

Filling ingredients
Filling ingredients

Melting butter
Start melting the butter

Mix the sugar and cinnamon
Mix the cinnamon and sugar

Melty butter
Butter is still melting

Peeled apples
Peeled apples

Melted butter
The butter has melted

Almost browned butter
Almost browned

Add lemon to the apples so they don't brown
Don't forget to add lemon to the apple pieces so they don't brown

Butter the dish
Butter the dish

Dough on the surface
Un-package the dough

Roll out the dough to a 12x9 rectangle
Roll out the dough to a "rustic" rectangle

Brush the dough with browned butter
Brush the dough with browned butter

Top the dough with the cinnamon sugar
Spread the cinnamon and sugar over the butter

 Add the apples
Top with the apples

Roll into a log
Roll it up

Cut into pieces
Cut into equal(ish) pieces

Place the pieces in the dish
Put them in the baking dish

Cover with a damp cloth
Cover with a damp cloth

Glaze ingredients
Glaze ingredients

Sift the sugar
Don't forget to sift the sugar

Glaze ingredients in the bowl
Mix them together

Whisked glaze
Almost ready

Baked cinnamon rolls
Practically irresistible

Apple Cinnamon Roll
So cute and little

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze
Now it's covered in glaze. Eat it.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls
(By Esi)

Makes about 5 cinnamon rolls

For the dough:
Leftover sweet roll dough

For the filling:
2 pink lady apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
Juice from 1 small lemon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and browned

For the glaze:
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
3-4 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup powered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter an 8x8 baking dish with unsalted butter.

To make the filling, mix the apples and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12x9 rectangle. Brush the entire top of the dough with the browned butter. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture over the browned butter, and then top with the apples in a single layer.

Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a log, tucking the ends underneath the log. Cut into equal pieces and place in the prepared baking dish. Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 30-45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 30-35 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and lightly browned. Let the rolls cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle the cinnamon rolls with the cream cheese glaze and serve warm

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Erica said...

Lets just discuss how amazing apple & cinnamon baking smells. Freaking AMAZING! Loveeee. These sound like an awesome breakfast or snack

Lidia said...

I love apple and cinnamon rolls!! Nice your step by step picts!!

Maria said...

Wow, these look amazing!

Lucy Lean said...

Happy Holidays and safe travels - these looks delicious

vanillasugarblog said...

Merry Christmas!
Have fun, be safe, take photos and bring me home presents! <3

marla said...

Great treats and the step by step is very helpful too!

Joanne said...

AWESOME idea! I really need to remember to freeze things more frequently...I'm so bad about throwing leftover frostings/dough/etc out!

Happy holidays love!

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

I'm not even a cinnamon roll person, but these might be dangerous. I think I'd want to eat the whole pan!? (Obsessed with brown butter)

Georgia Pellegrini said...

Oh yum, and what a beautiful finished photo!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Splendid. All my favorite things. Apples, cream cheese, pastry. Great process pictures.