Sunday, September 30, 2012

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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I decided to give my favorite cinnamon rolls an autumn makeover.  I incorporated a few of my favorite seasonal flavors and ingredients into the recipe.  The result is these Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.  They  have an apple-cinnamon filling and are topped with warm caramel sauce.  They are too good for words.  These rolls take a little time and a little work to make, but I promise you they are worth it!
        
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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls with an apple filling and topped with a warm caramel sauce.

Ingredients

Sweet Dough
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
Apple Filling
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Caramel Topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup half -and-half or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions
1. Attach dough hook to stand mixer and in the mixer bowl combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.2. Heat milk at a low power in the microwave until lukewarm (120°F - 130°F).3. Add the warm milk, 1/4 cup butter, and egg to the flour mixture and mix at low speed until ingredients are combined, scraping sides of bowl frequently.4. Continue to add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough begins to leave the sides of the bowl.5. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead until it is smooth and elastic.6. Spray bowl with cooking spray and place dough in bowl, turning once to bring greased side of dough up.7. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).8. Punch down dough, pull edges into center, and turn over in the bowl; let rise again until almost double in size (about 20 - 30 minutes).9. While dough is rising, in a large saucepan combine filling ingredients and cook on medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes or until apples are tender; set aside and allow to cool.10. Roll dough into 9" x 15" rectangle; spread filling over dough.11. Roll up tightly beginning at wide side and seal well by pinching edges of roll together.12. Spray 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray; cut rolls into 1" slices using a knife and place rolls in pan a little apart from each other.13. Cover pan and let rise until double in bulk (about 20 - 30 minutes).14. Bake at 375°F for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown and completely baked through.15. To make caramel sauce, combine brown sugar and corn starch in a saucepan; add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Stirring continually cook until thickened, about 3 minutes.15. Drizzle warm caramel sauce over warm rolls and serve.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 15 rolls

Filling recipe adapted from David Nichols' recipe via Lincoln County Apple Festival.
Caramel sauce recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
Sweet dough recipe adapted from Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, First Edition, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. and General Mills, Inc., 1950.
 

37 comments:

  1. These sound yummy. Great picture!

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  2. I've been really wanting to make some caramel rolls or cinnamon rolls lately, and these are not helping to subside that temptation. They look fantastic!!

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  3. Woah! That sounds terrific, Jill! Love the idea! :)

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  4. Add this to the list of amazing cinnamon rolls I NEED!

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  5. These look amazing. What's not to love about them, warm cinnamon rolls covered in caramel sauce. Delicious!

    Glad to see you back, I haven't seen a post from you in quite sometime.

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  6. Hello deliciousness! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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  7. Jill it looks like these are worth the time you invest. Beautiful and delicious looking.

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  8. Delicious appple cinnamon roll Jill , yes ready for fall baking.

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  9. Amazing. No wait, freaking amazing! I could seriously eat like 10 of these right now!

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  10. Wow, these are seriously awesome. Definitely need to give these a try!

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  11. This is such an amazing recipe! I included it in my apple recipe round up today on my blog here: http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2012/10/apples-everywhere.html

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  12. Wow-o-wow-o-wow, did I mention wow!? I hope ya don't mind but I just had to share these on my blog http://www.at-altitude.com/35-amazing-apple-recipes/

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  13. These look perfect for next week when I need to send breakfast to work for my husband and his co-workers!

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  14. Completely enamored with these, Jill! I love cinnamon rolls but you definitely took them to the next level. Love these!

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  15. That caramel is captivating!!! YUM :)

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  16. So I'm actually baking these right now, they seem delicious but making the actual roll is not as easy at it looks! Any tips? I think my filling might still have been too warm, the dough got all soft and crazy and hard to control and filling got everywhere! I don't really care that they aren't super pretty, they look the same in the stomach right? ;)

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    1. Mine were kind of messy too! I had some of the filling "squish" out when I cut the rolls, so I just added it to the tops of the rolls before I baked them. You can't tell in the picture because the caramel sauce is on top. I do think having the filling cooled might help somewhat because it thickens slightly when cooled.

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    2. I made these today and I made the filling as soon as the dough was rising. It was well cooled off when I spread it on the rolled out dough and I had no problem at all. It spread so nicely and no oozing out at all. I made this for someone else and am waiting on how they liked it. It was torture not tasting it first but I will make it again very soon for us!

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  17. These. I. Want. Oh my, they look delicious, and I just happen to have an abundance of apples. :)

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  18. Estupenda receta me gusta,abrazos y abrazos.

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  19. I made this today for someone else and am waiting on how they like them! WHAT TORTURE that is not to taste it myself!! BUT I am so glad that I read the comments first before making them! I made the filling as soon as I was done making the dough and it was well cooled off before spreading it on the rolled out dough. It was awesome! No oozing and just spread out so nice! I WILL make this again soon for us!! It smelled great and looked delicious!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Marie--I hope the person you made them for enjoys them and I hope you get to enjoy some soon!

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  20. This perfect fall treat stirs memories of a teenager filling her weekend hours with baked autumn goodies...could really find these very comforting!

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  21. I love caramel apples and cinnamon buns, and I'm excited to see these two combined. This is an awesome recipe. The photos make my mouth water as well!

    Alaiyo

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  22. Can you make these ahead of time? I'm traveling for Thanksgiving and getting to our destination late Wednesday night. These would be awesome to surprise everyone with Thursday morning, but we are all running a foot race that morning so wouldn't have time to make them. What do you think?

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    1. Yes, make them ahead of time, but don't put the caramel sauce over them since it hardens. Right before serving, I would heat the sauce in the microwave and drizzle over the top. Hope everyone enjoys them!

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  23. Oh my !!!! I LOVE cinnamon rolls and this one looks so good Jill , I have some apples here , def I am making this :)

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  24. These look terrific and sounds very very tasty!!

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  25. Don't you have to activate the yeast seperatly in water? Or did you use quick rise?

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  26. Did you use quick rise yeast? Don't you have to activate the yeast in water before adding it?

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    1. I don't think I did use quick rise yeast in this!

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