I’ve made this recipe three times in the last two and a half weeks and they disappeared in a hurry. I may have helped… a few times.
The filling is so flavourful. Tart granny-smith apples pieces are coated with cinnamon, sugar, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar, which gives the apple filling a wonderful, slightly acidic flavour, enhancing the overall apple flavour of the rolls. The rolls are soft, moist, and pulls apart wonderfully. The delicious cream cheese frosting uses pure maple syrup, which goes amazingly well with the apple cinnamon rolls. So good.
Now onto the recipe.
Under medium-high heat, place diced apples, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and apple cider vinegar in a medium stockpot. Stir occasionally and allow the apples to soften and the sauce to thicken. Reduce heat to a simmer and add flour and water mixture and thicken sauce further.
Remove apple filling and using a sieve, separate the apples from the sauce. Let it cool.
Heat milk in a small pot until it begins to bubble, add butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat and let it cool to lukewarm.
Combine dough ingredients using a wooden spoon until just combined.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. Place it a medium bowl lightly coated with canola oil.
Place a clean, slightly damp towel over top of the bowl and place in a warm place, allowing it to proof for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
On a clean, floured surface, roll out the dough into a 9 x 12 rectangle. Place the apple filling on top (not the sauce), reserving 1/2 cup of apple filling and roll the dough tightly making a long tube. Cut into 12 even rolls.
Place 8 rolls slightly apart in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Place the other 4 rolls slightly apart in a 9 x 9 baking pan. Top with the remaining apple filling and sauce.
Place damp towels over the top of each baking pan and proof for another 30 minutes, letting the rolls increase in size.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden-brown.
Whisk together cream cheese frosting ingredients until smooth.
Top each apple cinnamon roll with maple cream cheese filling. Serve warm. Enjoy!