Today I want to show you how to make some incredibly delicious buns. A combination of sweet, tender dough with fragrant apple cinnamon filling makes a perfect afternoon treat!
Ingredients for the dough:
250 ml warm milk
2 1/4 tsp (1 package) dry yeast
60g melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
450-500g sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar/vanilla extract
Ingredients for the filling:
3 medium apples
Lemon curd (optional)
Let’s start by proofing the yeast. In a clean bowl mix the warm milk, dry yeast, 1 tbsp of sugar and give it a stir. Add about 5 tablespoons of flour and stir again. The milk should be warm NOT hot to the touch and no salt is needed when you’re proofing the yeast. The consistency of the mixture should be almost like pancake dough. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, beat one egg and salt together. Add the melted butter and sugar and mix again.
Our yeast mixture raised well and increased in volume and now we can mix it with the egg mixture. Pour the batter into a bowl with the sifted flour and start to mix the dough. When the mix becomes hard, transfer the dough into a work surface dusted with flour, and knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes.
Coat a clean bowl with vegetable oil and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour and a half.
While the dough is rising, let’s make the filling. Start by peeling and chopping the apples. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and mix well. You can also add the lemon zest and lemon juice to add flavor. Add the cornstarch to the sugar and whisk together.
Heat a pan over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the apples and give it a stir. Cover the pan with a lid and let the apples simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the apples have softened, but haven’t become mushy. Don’t forget to stir often. Add the sugar mixture and mix well. Cook the apples for one more minute, then transfer them to a clean bowl and let cool completely.
Meanwhile, our dough has doubled in size and become very airy. Now we need to deflate it and expel the gases. Transfer the dough into a work surface dusted with flour and divide the it into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
Roll the dough out flat to make rectangle, then with a sharp knife cut strips at one end a third of the way through and place about teaspoon and a half of apple filling at the other end. Wrap the filling and pinch the ends very well then roll all the way.
After I formed half of my buns, I remembered that I have lemon curd in the fridge, so I decided to fill the rest of my buns with the curd. It was a great idea since the buns turned out incredibly tasty. Make sure to pinch the ends very well or the filling will come out during the baking.
Place the ready buns on a baking tray covered with parchment paper or Teflon mat and brush them with beaten egg for a shiny look. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes or until they have a golden-brown color.
The buns turned out to be very tender, fragrant and tasty. Be sure to try making these apple buns and let me know how you liked them.
Apple Cinnamon Buns Recipe
Ingredientsfor the dough:
- 250 ml warm milk
- 130 g sugar
- 60 g melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 450-500 g sifted flour
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar/vanilla extract
Ingredients for the filling:
- 3 medium apples
- 60 g sugar
- 20 g cornstarch
- 35 g butter
- Lemon curd (optional)