Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple cinnamon rolls

As our batch prepares to receive our exam results tomorrow morning, I thought it'd be a great idea to make something nice for my friends to...sweeten up their day! Also, I happened to be wanting to bake cinnamon rolls for a long time now, so why not?

I used a quick cinnamon roll recipe which used biscuit flour instead of the traditional method of break-making (with yeast and all the works), and added the cinnamon-spiced apples as an afterthought. I also baked them in a muffin tin because I was afraid the rolls would bake into some warped twisted shape in the oven if unsupported! So this is a hybrid between a muffin, bread and...pastry? I have no idea, but it tastes amazing and that is all that matters.

What you need:

(makes 12 rolls)

(Cinnamon-apple filling)

a three-quarter cup and a one-third cup of brown sugar

four teaspoons of cinnamon powder

an eighth of a teaspoon of salt

an apple, chopped into small cubes

(Biscuit dough)

two and a half cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring work surface

two tablespoons of sugar

one-and-a-quarter of a teaspoon of baking powder

half a teaspoon of baking soda

half a teaspoon of table salt

one-and-a-quarter of a cup of buttermilk

six tablespoons of unsalted butter

(Cream cheese icing)

two tablespoons of cream cheese, softened
two tablespoons of buttermilk

one cup of icing sugar


(Cinnamon-apple filling)

1. Combine a three-quarter cup of brown sugar, two teaspoons of cinnamon powder and the salt in a medium bowl and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the the apples with a one-third cup of brown sugar and two teaspoons of cinnamon powder.

(Biscuit dough)

1. Pre-heat your oven to 220°C.

2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.

3. Melt two tablespoons of butter in the microwave.

4. Whisk buttermilk and melted butter together.

5. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir until liquid is absorbed. The mixture will become doughy!

6. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until just smooth.

7. Melt another two tablespoons of butter.

8. Pat dough into a rectangle and brush the new batch of melted butter onto the dough.

9. Spread cinnamon-apple mixture on top.

10. Roll up the dough and ensure that all the filling is covered by dough.

not the best example, I admit...

11. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into balls, before placing them in a muffin tin (floured, of course).

12. Bake until edges are golden brown (mine took 20 minutes).

look at all that wasted gooey cinnamon filling :(

13. Remove rolls from pan onto a rack and cool before icing.

they came out really really ugly and I was a bit worried at first, until I tasted it. All is pardoned when it comes to delicious food.

(Cream cheese icing)

1. Whisk cream cheese and buttermilk in a large bowl until thick and smooth. (somewhat reminds me of mayonnaise)

2. Sift the icing sugar over and whisk until a smooth glaze forms.


just looking at that gooey cinnamon has me drooling!!! Self-control, Jin-wen, self.control.

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