Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

You can freeze the rolls, unrisen, in the pan. Cover them tightly with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then you’ll just need to remove them, allow them to thaw and rise, and continue the baking and icing process. * You can freeze the rolls, baked but unfrosted. Later, you can thaw them out, warm them for just a few minutes in the oven, and ice them while warm. * OR you can freeze the rolls completely iced and finished. Just allow them to cool, then cover with plastic wrap and foil. This is how I normally freeze them and they turn out just fine.
Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls
Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls

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SERVINGS

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Dough

  • 2

    cups Whole Milk

  • 1/2

    cup Vegetable Oil

  • 1/2

    cup Sugar

  • 4-1/2

    cups All-purpose Flour

  • 1

    package Active Dry Yeast (about 2 1/4 Teaspoons)

  • 3/4

    teaspoons Baking Powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1-1/2

    teaspoon Salt

  • Filling

  • 4

    whole Granny Smith Apples, Finely Diced

  • 1

    stick Butter (1/2 Cup)

  • 1

    cup Lightly Packed Brown Sugar

  • 1/2

    cup Heavy Cream

  • 1

    teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • CARAMEL ICING

  • 1

    stick Butter (1/2 Cup)

  • 1

    cup Packed Brown Sugar

  • 1/2

    cup Heavy Cream

  • 2

    cups Powdered Sugar (up To 4 Cups Depending On Consistency You Want.)

  • 1/4

    teaspoon Salt

Directions

DOUGH To make the dough, combine the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a large saucepan or small pot. Heat it until just about to boil, but don't allow it to boil. Turn off the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 4 cups of the flour and the yeast, and stir to combine. The dough will be very sticky at this point. Cover the pot and let it rise for an hour. Add the remaining flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Stir to combine. Then you can proceed with the rolls OR refrigerate the dough, covered, until you need it. FILLING To make the filling, saute the apples in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove them to a plate and set aside. In the same skillet over medium heat, add a stick of butter and a cup of brown sugar. Stir it around until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, then pour in the cream. Stir it around and let it bubble up and thicken for about a minute. Turn the heat to low and add the apples back to the skillet. Sprinkle in the cinnamon, stir the mixture, and let it thicken for another 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon it into a bowl to cool. ROLLS When you're ready to make the rolls, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and roll out the dough on a floured surface to a rectangle about 10 x 30 inches. Spoon the caramel apples all over the dough and spread it out evenly. Roll the dough toward you into a long, tight roll. Pinch the seam when you get to the end, then turn the roll over so that it's seam side down. Slice the dough into rolls 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick and place them into disposable roil cake pans with a little melted butter spread into the bottom of each pan (the rolls will fill about 3 to 4 pans.) Set the rolls aside and let them rise for 20 to 25 minutes, then bake them for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they're nice and golden. ICING While the rolls are rising or baking, make the icing: Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and let it dissolve and start to bubble. Add the cream, then cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Turn off the heat and add the powdered sugar and whisk together. Add up to 2 more cups of powdered sugar to get to the consistency you want. The second the rolls come out of the oven top with the icing and spread to coat all the rolls generously.

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