When you are getting together with your ten girlfriends for brunch you do not mess around. I repeat, you do not mess around! Boring blueberry muffins or lackluster banana bread will simply not do. Brunch calls for a top-notch, indulgent, over the top treat. Apple Cinnamon Buns smothered in Cream Cheese Icing… ohh you better believe they are that treat.
Few things stress me out in life, but the burden of what dessert to bring to an event will eat me up inside for weeks. I vacillated between donuts and bundt cake for days. Which would be more fun? Which would taste better? What is more original? Such pressure!!!
I should probably stress more about work projects, possible company layoffs, Ebola, or ISIS, but no it’s really bundt cakes that get my heart pounding. Well that and my fear of heights. Do we really need to look down 187 feet from the Eiffel Tower now too? The video’s are enough to make my stomach turn! http://www.cbsnews.com/news/eiffel-tower-celebrates-125th-birthday-with-new-glass-floor/
But then I thought of cinnamon rolls and all seemed right with the world. It is breakfast comfort food at it’s best. It seems everyone has that childhood memory of waking up to the smell of warm cinnamon rolls emerging from the oven on particularly special sunday mornings. I always made it into the kitchen just in time to spread that sweet frosting all over the hot cinnamon rolls and watch it melt into the cracks. Makes my mouth water even now…
Just because we’re all grown up now it doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy cinnamon rolls or that warm comforting feeling they instill. I will happily revert to the stress free life of childhood any chance I can get. See ‘things that stress me’ above for reference.
Now back to the buns. We are going to throw in some apples and extra spices, because… ya know.. its Fall, and everyone is all ‘lets go apple picking and drink pumpkin spice lattes!’. So we are going to bake with our freshly picked apples while drinking our PSL. And then we are going to cover our buns in cream cheese icing and call it a day, a happy stress free day in fact!
Apple Cinnamon Buns w/ Cream Cheese Icing
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Butter
2 Eggs, beaten
4-4 1/2 Cups Flour
2 1/4 oz Packets of Rapid Rise Highly Active Yeast
6 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Apples, finely diced
Cream Cheese Icing:
6 ounces Cream Cheese, softened to room temp
2 Tablespoons Butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk
On the stove, over medium, heat your milk in a small saucepan until bubbles begin to form. Then add the sugar, salt, ¼ cup butter and whisk to combine. Let cool to 140 degrees.
In a small bowl beat your eggs.
In the bowl of your mixer measure 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. Use dough hook attachment. Add the butter mixture while mixing then add egg. With dough hook attachment mix to combine. Then add additional flour a half cup at a time until the dough comes together and is only slightly sticky. Knead the dough for about 3-5 minutes with dough hook.
Oil a clean bowl and place dough on the bottom. Cover with a towel and let it rise for 4-6 hours (or overnight in the fridge).
Punch risen dough down in the bowl. On wax paper roll out each half into an 8×20 rectangle.
In a small bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and apples. Melt the butter. Brush about 3/4 of the melted butter on the dough rectangle. Sprinkle the apple cinnamon mixture evenly over the dough. Pat down the mixture with your hands. Begin rolling the dough from the 10 inch wide side. Roll tightly. With a sharp knife slice roll in about 1 1/4 inch increments, and then gently place into a greased 9×13-inch dish. You should be able to get 8 rolls (arrange 2×4 in the baking dish).
Brush tops with the remaining butter. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for another hour or until doubled in size.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden on top.
While rolls are in the oven, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Then add the confectioners’ sugar. Beat in the milk a tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached. Frost tops of slightly cooled cinnamon rolls. Slice and enjoy!