As Christmas is slowly getting closer, my body starts to crave things like mulled wine, cookies and chocolate, spiced with cinnamon and lots of love. I must be jinxed! Of course, our bodies want to build a fat pad to protect us from the cold, but to me it’s always like magic. Like, from craving nothing to “Give me all the chocolate”! So that’s the reason why, again, I am treating you to a baking recipe, which is not healthy at all. No, this one will kill ya. If not by its ingredients, then by pure bliss. What a nice death, right? So quite fitting to the Christmas theme I am using cinnamon for this recipe, and I’m using a lot. Trust me, these cinnamon rolls will fill your heart and your stomach for sure!
Everyone Loves Cinnamon Rolls!
While cinnamon rolls are quite prevalent in Scandinavia – in Sweden the Kanelbulle is one of the most popular pastries in the country – the US has adapted a smaller version. There they are mostly sold by franchise chains, whereas in Denmark the Kanelsnegl can be found in every bakery. There is even a “day of the cinnamon roll” (Kanelbullens dag) in Sweden, it’s the 4th of October. Everyone loves cinnamon rolls, right?
For my recipe I took some liberties and added apple slices. Because I think apples fit perfectly to cinnamon, and they keep the rolls wonderfully moist.
The Recipe for your Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 1/8 tbsp. fresh yeast
- 240 ml of warm milk
- 115 g of plain sugar
- 75 g of softened butter
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 2 eggs
- 480 g of flour
- 225 g of brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. of cinnamon
- 75 g of softened butter
- 3 apples
Cream Cheese Icing
- 6 tbsp. of softened butter
- 180 g of powdered sugar
- 55 g of cream cheese
- ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. of salt
Start by dissolving the yeast in the warm milk. Do that in a large bowl, and let it sit for circa 5 minutes. In another bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt and eggs and stir with a mixer. Then add the milk and yeast mixture and use your dough hooks to mix everything well.
Place your ball of dough into a different bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
In the meantime, prepare the filling! In a bowl, combine the softened butter with the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Then core the apples and thinly slice them. Preheat your oven to 180°C and grease your baking sheet.
Next, prepare a surface with flour and roll out your dough until it’s about 40 cm long and 30 cm wide. It should have an approximately 0.5 cm thickness. Spread the butter-cinnamon mixture over your dough, then place rows of apple slices over that mixture.
Now it gets tricky! Very carefully roll the dough from the long edge to the other side. It’s a bit difficult because of the apple slices, but it works. Now cut your roll into 4 cm slices and place those rolls onto your prepared baking sheet. Cover them with a towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes. In the end, bake the rolls for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the icing: Mix butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt and beat everything with an electric mixer until fluffy. Spread over the rolls when they’re done.
That was sooo much work, but let me tell you: It’s so worth it! To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure everything would work out like it did. The rolls weren’t as ‘compact’ in their raw state as I imagined, and don’t let me start about the dough… So I was even happier to see the perfect result and smell this incredible mixture of apples and cinnamon! What a match made in heaven! Tell me what you think!