Applesauce breakfast roll

Applesauce breakfast roll

applesauce swirl roll

Breakfast rolls are one of those wonderful versatile baked goods that can be made virtually any way you can think up. Want to roll up some jam? Totally cool. Want to make cinnamon buns? Yup, that’s been done. Last year, I even used mango iced tea mix, for a tropical twist.

This version is with applesauce on the inside and a sugar syrup on top. I made these one Sunday morning while the coffee was brewing. And anything that’s executed successfully before caffeine consumption is OK in my book.

I started by making the dough. I used a no-rise dough for these rolls, instead of the yeast-driven dough in the mango rolls or the chai tea rolls.

I started by mixing some flour, salt and baking powder with some shortening and milk.

applesauce swirl roll

And then I rolled the dough out, covered it with applesauce and rolled up. While I was working with the dough, I also had some sugar, water and vanilla coming to a boil on the stove. (Please be careful with boiled sugar, always.)

applesauce swirl roll

I sliced the rolled-up, applesauce-filled dough crosswise, melted some butter in a baking dish and placed each of the pieces, cut side down, in the butter. I poured the sugar syrup right over the unbaked dough pieces and then threw the whole dish in the oven to bake for about 20 minutes. Easy peasy.

applesauce swirl roll

Applesauce breakfast roll

Total Time: 30 minutes

Applesauce breakfast roll

For the dough:
2 cups flour, plus more for flouring the board
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon shortening
3/4 cup milk
1/2-1 cup sweetened applesauce (jarred or make your own)
1/4 cup butter
For the syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place butter in baking dish in cold oven and turn up the heat to 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes, allowing the oven to preheat and the butter to melt.

Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter, or your hands, or two forks. Add milk and bring the dough together with your hands. When it holds together well, remove from bowl onto floured surface. Roll out into a rectangle with a floured rolling pin. (The thinner your roll the dough, the bigger the applesauce-to-dough ratio.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and vanilla over medium-high heat and let it come to a boil, watching carefully. Allow the mixture to boil for five minutes.

Meanwhile, spread a thick layer of applesauce over the top of the dough. (How much applesauce you use will depend on the size of your dough rectangle.) Roll the dough up.

Cut the roll into pieces, crosswise. Place the pieces, cut side down, in the melted butter.

Pour the sugar syrup right over the pieces.

Bake for 16-20 minutes, until the top of the dough is browned slightly. Allow to cool in pan for five minutes before removing.

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