Saturday, April 25, 2020

Baked Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Everyone loves cinnamon rolls; it's a universal truth.

Cinnamon rolls are an excellent social distancing food because they're familiar and comforting, they take a long time to make (so they're boredom-busting), and they don't require any weird-ass ingredients that you'd have to leave your house to get. Understandably, I decided my pandemic experience would be incomplete without indulging in cinnamon rolls at least once. (It would be more than once, but now I'm out of butter.)

When I waddled upstairs to start baking this morning, I remembered I had some really really sad looking apples that I bought the first day of the shutdown because I thought it would be responsible to buy fruit to ward off scurvy. Turns out though, I don't eat apples. Even when I put them in a fruit bowl all pretty-like.

So I decided, right then and there, to invent Baked Apple Cinnamon Rolls to use those suckers up.

This image is Pinterest-ready, because we're fancy like that.

I'm sure nobody has ever thought to do this before, so I didn't Google it to see if there's already a recipe, I just rolled along with my own seat-of-my-pants method.

I started with Minimalist Baker's cinnamon roll recipe. My only changes were to use soy milk instead of almond, fancy baking flour instead of all purpose, and brown sugar instead of white in the filling.

While the dough was rising, I peeled and cored and thinnnnnnly sliced two of my pathetic apples. As it turned out, I only needed one, but that's okay. I'll feed the other one to the squirrels or something. Squirrels probably eat apples. They don't look like they have scurvy.

I rolled out the dough, smeared it with butter, sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar, and then covered it in apple slices and rolled it up.

I should also inform you that I am entirely too lazy to actually measure dough, so I just rolled it out until I was like "yeah, that's probably big enough" and cut it into chunks that looked like they were cinnamon-roll sized. I made 14 cinnamon rolls instead of 10 and had to use two dishes. Whoops.

After they rose, I popped them in the oven for 27 minutes and just about licked the oven door while they were in there because omfg they smelled so good.


I'm sure these would be absolutely mind blowing if you drizzled them with caramel sauce, but I am too lazy to invent Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls today. You have my blessing to test them yourself and report back to me about your success.

While you do that, I'll be over here single-handedly eating 14 cinnamon rolls. Like a survivor.

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