If you are familiar with my baking, you may have noticed that I almost never use yeast. Why? Because yeast baffles me, and like pie, it is still something I am working to perfect before sharing any recipes with you. But that doesn’t keep me from finding ways to create new recipes that typically use yeast. With so many ingredients and techniques, there are alternatives to making bread-like treats.
Take my Apple Cinnamon Rolls for instance. Cinnamon rolls are usually made like bread and needs time to rise, but I was able to create my modern treat without yeast – brilliant! Of course, I couldn’t help but raid my fridge and pantry to find other ingredients to upgrade a simple cinnamon roll into something better and even a bit nostalgic.
If you try this recipe and would like to add icing, try the cinnamon icing from my Apple Raspberry Turnovers. It is sure to be a pairing like none other.
Apple Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup graham crackers, finely crushed
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 fuji apples, peeled and diced
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat an 8″ square baking pan with nonstick spray.
In a bowl, combine the graham crackers, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a fork, incorporate the shortening until the flour mixture resembles coarse crumbles. Then pour in the milk and using your hands, form a ball of dough.
Using a separate bowl, form a paste by combining the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Dust your work area with flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a 9″ square. Using your hands, spread the cinnamon mixture evenly over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the apples and pecans on top of the cinnamon mixture. Now, begin rolling the dough carefully to form a log. Use a sharp knife to slice the log into 1″ slices (you should have 9 sliced rolls all together) and place in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely in the pan.