Nothing screams comfort like cinnamon buns! These apple cinnamon buns have buttery soft layers, golden brown tops, and warm apples. Make this for your next breakfast, autumn or not—you won’t regret it!
- 1/3 cup oat milk, or any of choice
- 1 packet instant yeast (or 1/2 tbsp)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1.5 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 medium apple, diced
- Using a microwave or stovetop, heat the milk in a mixing bowl until warm to the touch (approx. 35°C). Add the yeast and half of the sugar into the milk. Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes. You’ll know the yeast is alive when the mixture looks foamy.
- Add the butter, rest of the sugar, egg, and salt to the yeast mixture. Whisk well before folding in 1 cup of flour. The dough should still be wet and relatively shapeless at this point. Transfer the dough to a workbench, gradually add in flour, and knead until a ball of dough forms. Knead until the dough is smooth (gluten is developing!), which takes around 6-10 minutes.
- Transfer the dough back into the bowl, oil the surface of the dough to prevent drying, and cover the bowl with a towel to proof. Let the dough rest & double in size (approx. 1 hour) in a warm yet shaded area.
- While the dough is rising, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl for the filling.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it (yes, really) and knead a few times. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, measuring approx. 18 by 9 inches or 45 by 23 cm.
- Spread the softened butter all over the dough. Evenly distribute the cinnamon sugar and apples over the buttered dough, leaving an inch of bare dough on the long edge (18 by 1 in).
- Tightly roll up the dough from the long edge with cinnamon sugar and apples to the bare long edge. Cut the log of dough into 8 even pieces using a sharp knife.
- Place the 8 rolls in a buttered baking pan. Cover the rolls with a towel & let them rise again for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350°C. Once the rolls have rested for 30 minutes, bake them for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Let cool a bit before serving them warm! Feel free to make a cream cheese icing, too!