Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie
This beauty was a part of vegan snack down, such a delicious challenge. The dough is adapted from Isa’s Vegan Brunch. If you are making this; allow about 2 hours from start to finish because this will take about an hour and half to rise plus about a 20 min bake time. But trust me you will LOVE them. Of course if you don’t want to put apples in it, just make regular cinnamon buns.
For the dough you will need:
2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
1/3 plus 1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup lukewarm water
¾ room temperature milk, I use Almond Milk
1/3 cup neutral oil like canola
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 ½ cups of flour
For the filling:
¼ cup EACH brown and regular sugar
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
2 granny smith apples diced, add 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon to it and a squeeze, say teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of lemon juice.
You will also need some butter, if it’s hard make sure it’s room temperature, you’ll need about a ¼ cup, I don’t know, I don’t measure that part.
Take the yeast, water and 1 teaspoon of sugar and whisk it in the stand mixer bowl. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, then whisk in a large bowl). Let sit for about 5 mins.
Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl BUT start out with 2 cups of flour and slowly adding the rest. Mix on #2 for about 5 mins. Or need it for about 10 mines. If the dough is sticky, then add a little more flour. You don’t want it to be sticky.
Oil a large bowl, roll the dough around in it, and cover with a clean towel. Let rise for about an hour or until double in size. Now go wash your dishes, have a shower, enjoy a glass of wine, take your dog for a walk.
After it has doubled in size, punch the dough down, cover it back up and start making the filling.
Mix the sugars, flour and cinnamon together. Roll out the dough, spread the butter, just cover every inch of it, it does not need to be perfect, I like little lumps here and there, sprinkle with sugar mixture, apple the apple mixture at the bottom of the dough. Roll the dough as tight as you can. Then slice into pieces. I split the dough into 2; it’s easier to work with when you don’t have a lot of counter space. Also with the other half I just made regular buns.
Pre-heat oven to 375. You’ll need two round pie pans, spray with oil- or use parchment paper (I love easy clean up). Fit the buns into pie pans, loosely they need room to rise again. Cover with a clean towel, clean up your mess. After about ½ hr these babies are ready to be baked. Bake for 18-20 mins.
Let them cool off in pan for about 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack. Well the buns are cooling; it’s time to make the icing.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk I use Almond
¼ teaspoon of vanilla powder or a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix together and drizzle over warm buns. Enjoy!!!
NOTE** to make this a pie, divide this dough in half, roll out one half, fit into pie plate, sprinkle with sugar mixture, add the apple and spread them around, roll out the other half of dough and put on it, and bake it, it may need about 5 more minutes added to baking time, just watch it. Also, I think a kick ass caramel sauce would be spot on with this dish!!