Perhaps you could forget about making fruitcake this year and make cinnamon rolls instead? I believe cinnamon rolls would be a nice food item to give out to family, friends, and neighbors for Christmas. That’s what I did last year. It’s delicious for breakfast with a cup of coffee before or after opening the gifts in the Christmas morning. You can either make the regular cinnamon rolls or add a twist by putting chocolate chips, or peach marmalade. Or literally twist the cinnamon roll idea by making twisted cinnamon bread. Add to your list this apple-cinnamon rolls. My family prefers the peach marmalade though over this apple version but it’s not that bad and if you like apples with cinnamon then this would be a treat for you and your loved ones.
DOUGH(adapted from ConnieV)
- 1-1/2 cups of lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 4-1/2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- extra flour and cooking oil
- 2-3 apples, cored, peeled, cubed
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon powder
- 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
- generous sprinkling of powdered cinnamon
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 cups of confectionery sugar
- 1 brick of cream cheese
- 2 tbsp of milk
- In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup of sugar and vegetable oil. In a another bowl, sprinkle yeast and 2 tbsp of sugar with the lukewarm water. Let that sit for 10 minutes or until bubbly. Once the yeast mixture is ready, pour it onto the flour mixture. Mix until you can form a ball. Once the yeast mixture is ready, pour it onto the flour mixture. Mix until you can form a ball.In a bowl, sprinkle yeast and 2 tbsp of sugar with the lukewarm water. Let that sit for 10 minutes or until bubbly.
- Sprinkle flour in a flat surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or so or until soft.
- Lightly grease a bowl with vegetable oil, drop the ball of dough in it then cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rise for 2 hours. Punch it after 2 hours, cover then let it rise for another 30 minutes.
- In a pot, melt 1/2 stick of butter. Add the cubed apples. Sprinkle brown sugar and powdered cinnamon. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the apples have softened. Don’t over cook.
- Sprinkle flour in the counter space. Cut the dough in half. Roll the 1st half of the dough into a wide rectangle. Sprinkle half of the white sugar and generous powdered cinnamon. Dot the dough with 1 stick of butter. Spread half of the apple-cinnamon mixture on top.
- Roll the dough as tightly as you could then cut the rolls. Lightly brush the bottom of a pan with butter. Place the rolls in the pan. Cover with clean kitchen cloth and let the whole thing rest for 15 minutes. Repeat the process for the other half of the dough.
- Bake the rolls in the preheated oven of 355°, for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Once baked, take ‘em out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Make the frosting while waiting for the cinnamon rolls to cool. Beat together the butter, confectionery sugar, cream cheese, and milk.
- Spread the frosting on top of the rolls using a spatula.