Giant Apple Cinnamon Roll

If your family is like mine, you have traditions that you complete when you are together (i.e. bickering over who made the biggest mess, or exactly how many shrimp you each get.) In this case, a Christmas tradition is having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! This Cinnamon Roll Casserole is super awesome to make: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

This year we decided to try out a friend from Cooking Club’s suggestion: One GIANT cinnamon roll!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup sugar
12 tbsp cold, unsalted butter
5 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
250g sweet dough – See recipe below
3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

Recipe for Sweet Dough; https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17058/rapid-mix-sweet-dough/? (note: we used half this dough.)

DIRECTIONS

(Reminder that first you’ll have to have your prepared Sweet Dough. Can do ahead of time and allow to rest at room temperature.)

In a nonstick pan, heat sugar until it starts to caramelize. Stir to incorporate and then when caramel is a nice amber color, add the butter and stir to combine.

Add the apples and stir to coat, cooking for 5 minutes, remove from heat.

Arrange apples rounded side down in a high sided cake tin. Pour remaining carmel and butter sauce on apples. Set dish aside.

Meanwhile, split dough in half, roll out each dough to 1/4” thick into a large rectangle.   Spread each with butter.

Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over butter evenly.  Cut each dough rectangle into 4 even long pieces.

Start rolling one from the bottom to the top. Take the first roll and place it on top of the next strip, starting again on the bottom and rolling up right to the top, building on the first. Continue with the remaining strips until you have a giant cinnamon roll!

Place on top of the apples, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. (At this point, you can also cover and let it set it the fridge overnight. Just allow to set out for 30 minutes the next morning… although it will rise in the fridge!)

Bake covered with foil in a 350ºF oven for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes. (It will need to bake longer if not at room temperature. Around 60 minutes.)

Flip over onto a board, slice, serve, and enjoy!

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