Sweet Apple Rolls

Last week I posted about a not so successful endeavor with sweet rolls. They were good, but they were not as fantastic as I had hoped they’d be. I took a few more attempts at it, and it turned out that with a few tweaks, and some delicious apples, they became what I had hoped they’d be. They were so yummy, that there is no picture for this week because they were devoured so quickly. (Don’t worry though, because when I make them again, I will post a picture. ;))
As a little bit of a disclaimer, I would just like to say that I absolutely love the taste of vanilla. It is probably one of my most favourite flavors of them all. In turn, these rolls have a very obvious taste and smell of vanilla. The aroma of these rolls is so amazing while they are rising is to die for.

Printer friendly recipe here.
Sweet Apple Rolls:
Prep Time: 24 hours
Bake Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 24 hours 11 minutes

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 small apple
Sugar Filling:
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup softened butter

1. Measure out the milk and water in the same measuring cup, and heat in microwave until 110° (about 45 seconds). Add the 1/3 cup white sugar to the water, milk mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the yeast, and stir until dissolved. Set aside for ten minutes to proof. (Again, do not skip this step! It’s worth it.) After the yeast has proofed, add the vanilla to the milk, water, yeast mixture.
2. While the yeast is proofing, sift the flour and salt together. Make a well in the middle of the flour, and add the egg and yeast mixture. Knead together for about 8 minutes. Set aside for 1-12 hours to rise. (If leaving more than 1 hour, wet a tea towel and place over the top)
3. After the first rise, turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough in half and roll out flat. Cut each round into eight triangles. Mix together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the filling in a separate bowl. Slice the apple into very thin slices, and set aside.
4. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Using a pastry brush, spread the inside of each triangle generously with the melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar filling generously into each buttered triangle. Add 1-2 slices of the apple to each triangle.
5. Starting with the wide end, roll each triangle into a crescent, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet point side down. Let rise a second time for another 1-12 hours. (If more than 1 hour, put a dry tea towel on top)
6. After the second rise, brush each crescent with butter, and bake at 400° for 11 minutes, or until golden brown and beautiful.

Please enjoy my take on these sweet rolls.
And as always, happy baking!



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