Ingredients for ca. 24-30 pieces:
* 500 g all purpose flour
* 75 g sugar
* a dash of salt
* 1 packet fresh (preferably) or dried yeast (when in doubt, go with the instructions on the packaging on how much yeast is recommended for 500 g flour)
* 150 ml milk
* 150 g plain yogurt
* 75 g butter
All ingredients will work best at room temperature.
* 1-2 apples (depending on size)
* a few dashes of lemon juice
* 1-2 tsp cinnamon powder (or how much you see fit)
* 1 packet vanilla sugar
* 2 tbsp honey
* 2-3 tbsp minced almonds
* 2-3 tbsp raisins
* a few cloves if you like them
* 2-3 tbsp apple sauce (optional)
* some milk and butter
cinnamon roll sunscreen:
* 1 egg yolk
* 1 tbsp milk
* 1 tsp sugar
1. mix flour, sugar with a dash of salt in a large bowl
2. add yeast (when using fresh yeast, it's actually recommended to make a sponge first, with yeast, flour and sugar, then letting it sit/rise for a few minutes and then mixing it all together, but in my world, it also works if you throw everything together
3. add milk and yogurt and knead everything until you have a nice, slightly sticky dough
4. now add the butter and mix it in well (no discernible buttery bits, please
5. let the dough rise in a warm place until it has roughly doubled in size (30-45 min. depending on the temperature)
sauce preparation (while the dough is rising would be a good time
* peel the apples and cut them into small pieces (a size that you are comfortable with having in your pastry, the smaller, the better...), put them in a large enough mixing bowl
* add a few dashes of lemon juice, cinnamon, almonds, cloves, vanilla sugar, honey and raisins. let sit for some minutes to get the juices flowing.
* later, melt a generous dab of butter (1-2 tbsp) in a pot, then add the apple mixture, apple sauce and a little milk or yogurt (I cannot say how much, as I totally improvised here... ), bring to boil, then let it simmer until enough water has evaporated (this can take 15-20 minutes or more). You don't need to constantly stir it, but keep an eye on it, as burnt sugar is really nasty. When it's ready, it will be rather gooey and not run anywhere you don't want it when putting it on your dough)
shaping and baking
take the dough out of the bowl and give it a good kneading. rrr. dough likes it.
I now separated the dough into two roughly equal pieces. One I used for cinnamon rolls, the other for turnovers (which would be a german Apfeltasche... much nicer word
for the cinnamon rolls: roll the dough into a flat (ca. 5-7 mm / approx. 1/4" - the dough will rise!) square or rectangle, about 25-30 cm wide. Spread the filling in a thin layer, right to the edges, except for the top one — leave a few cm free here. From the bottom edge, start rolling the dough square into a nice little roll.
Cut equal slices about 2-3 cm wide ( ca. 1") and place them on a baking tray.
for the apple turnovers: take small bits of dough (maybe 3-4 cm in diameter) and roll it into balls, then flatten them until you have a circle about 10-12 cm (4-5") wide. place one tbsp of filling (a bitt too much in the picture
) in the middle and fold over.
Press the edges shut with a fork or your fingers.
Be sure to leave enough space between them as they will rise! Now, mix the egg yolk, milk and sugar together and brush the piecelets with the mix. This way they'll get a nice, shiny crust wit moist and tender interior.
Preheat oven to 200°C and bake for pretty much exactly 20 min.
Let them cool (at least a bit so you don't burn yourself
) and enjoy with a glass of fresh, cool milk!