Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cooking for a crowd- Apple Rolls

For the holidays I love to have special breakfasts to serve to my family. One of our favorites is Apple Rolls. They are like cinnamon rolls, only they have apples and apple butter inside!
I start off by making my own apple butter. I make this once a year and when its gone, its gone. My kids search the cupboards carefully when I announce we are out of it, just incase I missed a jar. They love it! I got the original recipe from crockpot365, but changed it around to work for my family, including super sizing it!

Apple Butter
30 - 40 pounds of apples (I find apples on sale, this time it was organic juice quality apples for $.50 a pound!)
4-6 Tablespoons of vanilla
- Quarter, core, and peel all of those apples. Just work on them through the day, and throw them in the Turkey roaster.
-Cook at 250 degrees for 8-10 hours (over night)
-Mash them up a bit then add

3-5 cups of sugar; brown and/or white (I use 3, but it depends on what you like and what type of apples you use)
cinnamon (to taste, I don't measure but I think it was more than a Tablespoon)
Cloves (again, I don't measure but I think a teaspoon or two would be good)

Cook this for 6 more hours. Check it from time to time taste it and add spices/sugar if needed. Make sure it is all well mashed up. Now for storing it you'll need to either freeze it, or find canning instructions.

I always set aside a large bowl/jar to use to make apple rolls with.

Here is the original recipe that will make two pans. I like to double it in my bosch mixer and freeze 2-3 pans for holiday mornings or to bless a friend in need with.


Apple rolls
6- 61/2 cups all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat though)
2 Tablespoons yeast
2 cups milk
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups chopped, peeled apple
3/4 cup apple butter

1. In a medium sauce pan heat and stir milk, butter, vanilla, and sugar. Let cool, then add yeast (if it is too hot it will kill the yeast!). Put in large mixing bowl, add 3 cups flour, egg and salt and mix well. Add 1 cup flour at a time until it makes a soft dough. Place dough in a lightly greased very large bowl, turning once, cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size 45-60 minutes.
2. For filling, melt butter; stir in brown sugar, chopped apples, and apple butter. Set aside.
3. Punch down dough. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half in a rectangle, place half of the filling on it and spread over the dough. Roll the dough up, seal dough and cut. Place rolls in 9x13 greased pan.
4. Cover and let rise until nearly double in size (30-40 min.). Bake at 350 30 minutes.
Frosting or icing is nice on these is nice. Sometimes I use a cream cheese frosting, this time I used an icing made with real maple syrup. Yum! Enjoy!

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  1. I've never made apple butter before. And you have me sold on it! In your recipe do you mean 30-40 pounds of apples? Or is their a product available for purchase called apple butter?

    I really want to try this. And I'm sure it will be good so I'm pretty sure I'll need to super-size it as well for my family. But I don't want to do it wrong. :P

    So is it basically like a jam?

  2. Nikki- Sorry about that! Thanks for pointing that out, I fixed it. Yes, it is 30-40 pounds of apples. It is like jam and you can buy apple butter at the commissary right there with the jam. I don't think the store bought stuff tastes so great though home made is nearly always better. ;)

    Let me know how it goes or if you have other questions!

  3. Thanks! I just pinned it on Pinterest. And hopefully I can find a good price on apples around here.

  4. I love making my own apple butter. I also add pumpkin pie spice to mine. YUM!

    I'd love it if you came over for a visit to see mine. :)

  5. Hi!

    These look so tasty!!! I love your photos.

    I just noticed that you are having a giveaway. Actually, that is what I wanted to tell you, also…about my little Merry Christmas Giveaway that I am having.

    Someday, I would like to have an Etsy shop, this is something that I created for that. However, I don’t have an Etsy shop ready yet, so I thought it might be fun to try a giveaway.

    I will visit your giveaway post now.

    Merry Christmas!


  6. Your apple rolls are so amazingly good! I'm so glad I have the recipe now.

    Your photography is yummy too. I love these shots.

    Slam dunk my friend!

  7. These look yummy!

    Come by and check out my current giveaway! :)

  8. Kim- I'll have to put some pumpkin pie spice in mine next time, that sounds great! Thanks!

    Rebecca- I thought of you, my friend, as I put this post up. The last time made these was when I brought them to your house a year ago! Sorry it has taken so long to get the recipe to you. Thanks for the compliment on the photography, that means a lot coming from you!

    Hope- Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!

    Blessings to you all and thanks for leaving comments!