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Aaah. Do you feel that? The slightly cooler weather in the mornings that has the air nipping at your cheek? How about the evenings that are growing shorter and shorter each night, with my children going to bed earlier and earlier to my infinite delight?
While some of you may be stuck in a heat wave, here in Edmonton this was my daughter and I for a family reunion barbecue on the 15th of August.
Edmonton, you are crazy.
It’s ok, however, because I love fall and everything that comes with it. I may be a beach loving gal all summer long, but fall is my jam, literally and figuratively.
I love baking and cooking in the fall, and one of my favorite ingredients to use is apples. I have my apple tree that I eagerly anticipate the bounty of all year-long and this fall is no exception. I am watching my apple tree like a hawk, waiting for the moment that I can whip up my first apple pie with my very own apples.
However when it came time to whip up a delicious apple recipe for the KitchenAid Apple Challenge I knew that I wasn’t making an apple pie. This challenge, led by the always amazing Chef Zakarian, is challenging us to make the most delicious new apple dish that we can come up with.
I, of course, chose to make a sweet dish.
The inspiration for this apple dish came from the fact that apples and fall go together like back to school and stressed out mom’s. I wanted a very fast, easy and gorgeous dish that you all can make up in a very short time, even on a weekday.
Thus my Quickie Skillet Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns were born. These are completely yeast-less and bake up incredibly fast. I also cheat by chopping up my apples and microwaving them to soften them up.
Oh, cheater cheater apple eater!
These are the easiest cinnamon buns ever, I kid you not. You take your dry ingredients, place them into your mixer, then use the paddle attachment to cut the butter in. Once that’s done, you add the milk, mix again and voila! You have a soft cinnamon bun dough.
Yes, this is my gorgeous Sea Glass KitchenAid Stand Mixer in action. My candy apple red one is sitting on the counter a little jealous that her sister gets all the attention, but hey, I think the youngest deserves some attention as well.
The dough will take you literal seconds, the filling a few minutes more.
The dough is rolled into a 12×10 rectangle, then a brown sugar spice filling placed on top. Then you add raisins and steamed chopped apples on top.
Roll the dough into a log, slice into twelve “buns” and then place into a well oiled cast iron skillet.
Bake at 400 °F for 15-18 minutes until the buns are beautifully browned like shown below.
For the full recipe, you can check it out in the printable recipe below.
What would you make the enter this fabulous contest? The contest grand prize is nothing less than amazing. The winner will receive:
- A new suite of KitchenAid Appliances in the First-Ever Black Stainless Steel
A Private Cooking Lesson with Chef Zakarian
Recipe will appear in Food Network Magazine.
I swoon just thinking about it. Can you even imagine? I am in love the with the first ever new black stainless steel kitchen that KitchenAid has come up with. It’s gorgeous.Take a peek for yourself and be amazed. I am up for a new kitchen. no problem!
I really hope that you give these lovely apple cinnamon buns a whirl! Even better, dream up your own apple creation and enter the contest! All you have to do is create your best, most decadent apple recipe, take a photo showcasing how delicious your creation is and upload your photo to either Instagram, the FoodNetwork.com/applechallenge or food.com/applechallenge. The contest runs from August 17th until September 14th, 2015.
Good luck and happy cooking!
- 2 cup flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1 cup milk
Cinnamon topping and filling
- Ã¢Â…Â“ cup butter softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinamon
- Ã¢Â…Â“ cup chopped raisins
- 1 cup chopped apples steamed in microwave until soft
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tbsp cream
- Ã¢Â…Â› teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp melted butter
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until it’s the size of small peas. Mix in the milk until the dough forms a ball.
Turn out the dough onto light floured surface and roll into 12 x 8 inch rectangle.
Combine the first three topping ingredients and spread them onto the dough. Sprinkle the raisins and apples over the top and then roll up the dough jelly-roll style.
Cut into 12 even pieces.
Place into muffin cups and bake at 400 until the rolls are browned and the cinnamon mixture is bubbling, approximatrely 15-20 minutes.
Cool slightly, then remove from the tins.
Whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth, then drizzle over the top of the buns. Serve and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 12
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid Elite Bloggers. The opinions and text are all mine.