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Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

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My husband and I had big plans to go for a run this morning, but I ended up making cinnamon rolls instead. It seemed like a good trade-off because it was way too hot outside to take out the trash, much less go for a run. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favourite foods in the world. There is something so comforting about a having a homemade cinnamon roll for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

I wanted to try something a little different by incorporating the apple cider that I made last week (recipe here) as well as some actual apple in the mix. Most cinnamon roll recipes use water, milk or some combination of the two for the dough so I just replaced that with apple cider. I also incorporated the apple cider into the frosting, and I topped the cinnamon-sugar mixture with some diced granny smith apples. I chose granny smith because they are a little bit more tart and were a good offset to the super sweet cinnamon rolls. 

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Dough:
1 package (1/4 oz.) rapid rise yeast
1 cup apple cider
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

Warm up the apple cider in the microwave until it is about 110 degrees F or just warm to the touch (I did about 40 seconds).

Combine the warm apple cider and the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.

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Meanwhile, combine the egg, sugar, butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.

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Add the yeast mixture and combine until smooth.

Add the flour and use the dough hook to mix on medium-high until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.

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Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover and let sit in a warm place for an hour until doubled in size. 

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Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 large Granny Smith apple, diced

Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F.

Roll our your dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. I ended up with a rectangle-ish shape that was about 22 inches by 15 inches. 

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until a paste forms.

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Spread over the dough and sprinkle with the diced apple.

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Roll up the dough carefully from the long side. Cut into 9 slices.

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Place the rolls into a 9-inch square or round greased cake pan.

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I had some issues with the filling bubbling over so I would recommend putting the pan onto another sheet pan lined with parchment paper to prevent it from dripping onto the bottom of your oven. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes (until browned and toothpick comes out clean).

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Frosting:
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons apple cider

Combine all ingredients until smooth and spread over the baked cinnamon rolls.

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Total time: 
Serves: 9 cinnamon rolls
 
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 1 package (1/4 oz.) rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, diced
  • Frosting:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider
Instructions
  1. Dough:
  2. Warm up the apple cider in the microwave until it is about 110 degrees F or just warm to the touch (I did about 40 seconds).
  3. Combine the warm apple cider and the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the egg, sugar, butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.
  5. Add the yeast mixture and combine until smooth.
  6. Add the flour and use the dough hook to mix on medium-high until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
  7. Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover and let sit in a warm place for an hour until doubled in size.
  8. Filling:
  9. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F.
  10. Roll our your dough until it is about ¼ inch thick. I ended up with a rectangle-ish shape that was about 22 inches by 15 inches.
  11. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until a paste forms.
  12. Spread over the dough and sprinkle with the diced apple.
  13. Roll up the dough carefully from the long side. Cut into 9 slices.
  14. Place the rolls into a 9-inch square or round greased cake pan.
  15. I had some issues with the filling bubbling over so I would recommend putting the pan onto another sheet pan lined with parchment paper to prevent it from dripping onto the bottom of your oven. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes (until browned and toothpick comes out clean).
  16. Frosting:
  17. Combine all ingredients until smooth and spread over the baked cinnamon rolls.

 

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