Apple Cinnamon Buns

Apple CinnabunsGrowing up I used to come home to smell of fresh cinnamon rolls every now and then knowing that I’d have a warm one waiting for me with a glass of cold milk, it was heaven! Now living abroad, whenever I get to eat a cinnamon roll or even better a Finnish “slap on the ear”, I feel like home :). This is my first take on adding new flavors to an old classic and I very much like the extra kick from the green apples.

Ingredients (makes 12 cinnamon buns)

  • 200ml milk, lukewarm
  • 11g dry yeast
  • 450g plain flour
  • 50g sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons crushed cardamom seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 65g unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 50g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 green apples, grated
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Apple Cinnabuns

For glazing:

  • egg
  • pearl sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Place milk, 1 teaspoon of sugar, dry yeast and a third of the flour in a mixing bowl, then mix well and leave in a warm place covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Beat in the egg, salt, cardamom and sugar, then gradually add rest of the flour kneading by hand.
  4. Add the melted butter and keep kneading until you got an elastic dough that comes off the surface you are kneading on, if it’s still sticky you may add some more flour.
  5. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, approx 30×45 cm.
  6. Spread the butter on the dough, mix sugar, cinnamon and ground almonds and sprinkle on the butter.
  7. Add grated apple evenly on the surface , then roll  the rectangular from the long side forming a cinnamon roll.
  8. Cut the roll into approx. 4cm wide pieces.applecinnabuns2
  9. Place on baking sheet, glaze with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle pearl sugar on top.Apple Cinnabuns
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm, enjoy!

Apple Cinnabuns