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Caramel Apple Rolls

Caramel Apple Rolls

One of the hallmarks of a "Western Girl" is our desire to limit waste.  Our resources are precious and finite, so re-purposing, re-using and cutting down on waste is important.  For this reason, I LOVE recipes that let me use up leftovers or stuff that needs used from the fridge or freezer.  It makes me feel good... and responsible... to not waste food.  So, this recipe that let me pull frozen bread dough out of the freezer, and use two apples that were getting old, was great!  In this case, I used a store-bought bread that was the last of 3 loaves in a bag I had bought some time ago.  However, I often have bits of homemade bread dough from projects that I freeze & then put to use later.  I like the "plain" dough for this recipe as it's already so sweet that a "sweet" dough can be too much some times. 

You're basic ingredients:  Dough, Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter & CInnamon.  You can also use vanilla, and cornstarch at one point, if you want.

You're basic ingredients:  Dough, Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter & CInnamon.  You can also use vanilla, and cornstarch at one point, if you want.

Peel & dice or shred the apple

Peel & dice or shred the apple

Melt butter in skillet

Melt butter in skillet

Add brown sugar and simmer 1-2 minutes till dissolved.  Add apples and cook 2-3 minutes till softened.

Add brown sugar and simmer 1-2 minutes till dissolved.  Add apples and cook 2-3 minutes till softened.

Roll out dough in rectangle shape

Roll out dough in rectangle shape

Using slotted spoon, scoop apples from skillet and spread on dough.  Pour sauce from skillet into prepared baking dish.

Using slotted spoon, scoop apples from skillet and spread on dough.  Pour sauce from skillet into prepared baking dish.

Roll into log shape.  (Hint... if you pull the dough a little bit and then kind of fold/lay it over the filling, it won't push out so easily.)  Slice into desired size rolls.

Roll into log shape.  (Hint... if you pull the dough a little bit and then kind of fold/lay it over the filling, it won't push out so easily.)  Slice into desired size rolls.

Place into prepared baking dish (that should already have the sauce in the bottom).  Cover with film & let rise in warm spot till double (approx 20 minutes)

Place into prepared baking dish (that should already have the sauce in the bottom).  Cover with film & let rise in warm spot till double (approx 20 minutes)

Bake at 350 degrees, 20-30 minutes

Bake at 350 degrees, 20-30 minutes

Immediately invert onto clean serving dish

Immediately invert onto clean serving dish

CARAMEL APPLE ROLLS:

Ingredients

1 frozen bread dough

2 Apples, peeled and diced, shredded or sliced very thin

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1-2 tsp Cinnamon (more if you like lots)

Directions:

Spray baking dish with non-stick spray.

Melt butter in skillet.  Add brown sugar and simmer till dissolved, plus 1-2 minutes.  Add apples.  Cook until soft.  Strain apples from liquid with slotted spoon, set aside.  Pour sauce into prepared baking dish.

Roll out dough on floured board into rectangle shape (roughly 12" by 18").  Spread cooked apples across dough.  Roll into log.  Cut into desired size rolls (remember they'll almost double in size, so take that into consideration when cutting).  Place on their cut side in the sauce, in the baking dish.

Cover with film (and also a dish towel if you prefer).  Set in warm location and allow to rise nearly double (approx 20-30 minutes).  Remove film and towel, and bake at 350 degrees until done, 20-30 minutes.  Immediately invert onto baking sheet, serving dish, etc.  Serve warm for best results.

Store in air-tight container.  They can stay at room temperature for up to 1 day.  If longer, store in refrigerator. 

NOTE:  You may also choose to add chopped walnuts or peanuts to the rolls.  Just sprinkle them on the apples after you've spread the cooked apples on the dough.

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