I worked at a bakery for many years and one thing I really miss about it was the smell of freshly baking bread when I’d arrive at 6am. There is just something about the smell of yeasted bread baking that has a homey, ancestral comfort to it and even though I rarely enter a bakery these days the smell that wafts out still gets me very time. Many a morning we would start the day with a freshly baked apple pie scroll, sneakily scrolling mouthfuls between the morning rush and the many other morning jobs we multitasked with. Early mornings, yeasted bread and teen spirit. We worked hard, we had a lotta fun and all these years later I miss those scrolls.
But hey, what I have learned in the past year (filled with tedious amounts of time spend in lockdown) that yeasted bread is far less menial to make than I expected. Easy, in fact. More over- it is SATISFYING and kind of wonderful. Slowly needing the dough, feeling the flour turn into a warm stretchy and alive being, incubating your day baby and delighting in its growth and of course the enjoyment of eating the final product. Its a therapy I well and truely enjoy, especially during these trying times.
I know you’ll love these apple pie scrolls just as much as I do. Here is why:
- Like I said, there is therapy in the journey itself. Kneeding and incubating your dough baby, feeling the stretch and pull of yeasted dough in your hands and baking a delightful yeasted apple scroll its pure soul medicine.
- This is an easy recipe! Follow the steps, and ensure you have FRESH yeast (see below to see how to test if it is active) and the recipe is pretty fail proof.
- The scrolls are chewy, spiced, pillowy, soft, sweet and sticky. Apple sticky bun heaven.
- They are much more affordable than buying from the bakery- frugal homemade recipes are always good idea, but especially during the last 12 months of uncertainty.
Frequently asked questions for perfecting the spiced apple pie scrolls;
Getting this recipe right is really very do-able, however here are a few tips to make sure you get the perfect fluffy apple scrolls the first time you bake them.
1. My yeast is 6 months old, is it ok to use?
Firstly, make sure you are using active dry yeast, not a substitute. Once this yeast has been opened it must be stored in the fridge so if it has been stored in the pantry it won’t be ok. In general if your yeast is more than 4 months old it likely needs to be replaced, but please check the expiration date as even if it has been opened less time it may still be too old to use. Don’t underestimate the power of active yeast- good yeast is imperative to soft and pillowy apple pie scrolls.
To check your yeast, you can add 2 tsp yeast to a cup with 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. After 10 minutes the mixture should be bubbly and the smell should be a pleasant yeasty smell. If this is not the case, discard your yeast and buy a new packet.
2. What are the best apples to use for these apple pie sticky bun?
I used the kanji apples, however any baking apple will work. If you don’t have or like you could substitute for pears.
3. I don’t have/like cream cheese, what can you recommend for substitution?
The cream cheese frosting is what makes these spiced apple pie scrolls both sweet and sticky, and they truely make the recipe come together- but if you’re not a fan of cream cheese you could sub for the maple labneh frosting linked here. Otherwise I would suggest substituting the cream cheese frosting for a simple sugar glaze.
Here is a basic recipe;
1.5 cups icing sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla paste
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until shiny, then pour over the top of the warm scrolls.
I hope you enjoy these apple pie scrolls with cream cheese frosting. If you make them we would LOVE a review or comment below- it helps us write better recipes and others find our work.
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Homemade spiced apple pie cinnamon scrolls with cream cheese frosting- the ultimate airy, sticky chewy yeasted bun filled with spiced apples, cinnamon sugar and a sugary topping. Ultimate comfort food!
- 3 cups (450g) plain flour, plus extra*
- 2 tsp (10g) instant dried yeast (see notes)
- 1/2 cup (125g) Greek yoghurt, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup (45g) raw sugar
- 1/3 tsp fine salt
- 1 cup (250g) milk of choice at room temperature
- Apple pie filling
- 4 X cooking apples
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- Cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 cup (90g) raw sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature*
- Cream cheese frosting (see notes- see below for alternative maple cream cheese frosting)
- 1 cup (140g) icing sugar
- 2/3 cup (70g) cream cheese of choice*
- Alternative Maple cream cheese frosting
- 125g cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Juice and zest from 1 lemon
1. MAKE THE DOUGH.
I recommend using scales for this recipe, and testing that your yeast is active (ensure your yeast is less than 6 months old). Add flour to a large mixing bowl and make a well. Add in yeast to the well and cover with flour, then add yoghurt, sugar and salt to the bowl. Hiding the yeast is important to keep it away from eth salt, which would otherwise deactivate the yeast. Set aside.
3. PREPARE FILLINGS.
- I used instant yeast- this can be found at any supermarket. Please use instant dried yeast for this recipe
- As this is an active recipe it is a good idea to use a milk with as few additives as possible, as many ingredients have the opportunity to interfere with the yeast. Homemade nut milk would be a great idea here too.
- You can omit the cream cheese frosting and replace it with a simple glaze. Please see the frequently asked questions in the blog post for a recipe.