October is all about pumpkin. I see cakes and muffins and pies and cookies and pastas and lasagnas and meatballs all made with pumpkin all over the Internet. I too like cooking with it but I feel that apples also deserve their chance this season. Back in Russia pumpkin wasn't popular (at least not in my family). I guess I tried it at some point but I can't actually remember. The only pumpkin recipe that I heard when I was little was millet porridge with pumpkin and I'm pretty sure I never even tasted it.
Apples on the other hand were always popular in Russia and they embody autumn season for me. Traditional apple pie with flakey crust and gooey filling wasn't popular in Russia either. What we called pies were actually quick breads or single layer cakes. We made many of them in the fall. This quick and easy cake was a staple in my childhood. And apple pancakes.
I don't eat apples often and if I make that quick and easy cake it's more often with peaches or nectarines, but fall still conjures my longing for apples and cinnamon. I imagine long chilly evenings spent with a cup of tea and a slice of apple pie playing solitaire (with real cards instead of computer) by a candlelight...Is it just my imagination or is it my memory? Memory of staying at our cottage with grandparents when I was little with no worries in sight. Memory of warmth and care. Memory of belonging and apples and candles.
The smell of these Apple Pie Rolls brought that memory, that feeling back to me. My kitchen smelled wonderfully spicy from cinnamon and deliciously sweet from apples. The batter comes together in a matter of minutes (like most recipes I make now), only mix yogurt, some sugar, egg, apples, cinnamon, flour and baking powder. There's no oil, no need for butter to come to room temperature, no whisking or whipping required. The longest step is to chop apples and measure the ingredients, but even that shouldn't take long. It takes only five minutes to mix these rolls up and then another 30-40 to wait for them to bake while your kitchen fills with the wonderful smells of apple pie and fall.
If you don't believe how easy this recipe is, check out my video below.
I made these twice in three days I liked them so much. But I still have to warn you. My husband said that they are "doughy" which made no sense to me since well, they are rolls, so they are supposed to be like a bread sort of. The batter is very similar to a pancake batter, but I'm letting it rise and bake and puff up in the oven. There are more apples than the "bread" part and I like it this way. Also, the actual bread part isn't too sweet, I put very little sugar on purpose as my apples were very sweet. For a sweeter version of these rolls add another quarter cup of sugar. The batter is very sticky. I used spoons to form the rolls once and then the other time I formed the rolls with oiled hands. Hand shaped rolls are prettier, but they take longer to make and are quite messy.
Apple Pie Rolls
Plain yogurt - 1 cupEgg - 1 largeBrown sugar - 1/4 cupCinnamon - 1 teaspoonApples, chopped - 2 smallFlour - 1 1/2 cupBaking powder - 1 1/5 teaspoon
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl combine yogurt, egg, sugar, cinnamon and mix well.
- Add chopped apples and mix.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix until flour disappears.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper and either shape six rolls with oiled hands or use two spoons to shape the rolls.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
Note: I used sweet and small McIntosh apples chopped in about 1/2 inch pieces. I suspect you can use other apples too, but if they are not sweet then you may want to increase the amount of sugar.
As I wrote above the bread part of the rolls isn't too sweet, so depending on how sweet you like your rolls you may want to add more sugar anyway.