Apple Cinnamon “Apple” Buns

By: Jennifer M October 3, 2012 Breads, Sweets 24 Comments
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I have apples on my mind. Of course it’s Fall and apples are solidly “in season”. I have another reason to be focused on apples though. You see, last week, I joined some other Canadian food bloggers and writers on a trip to the Wenatchee area of Washington state, where we toured an organic apple orchard and packing plant. I’ve posted a few pictures on the Seasons & Suppers Facebook page, if you’re interested.

So why am I going to Washington state when apples grow right here in Ontario? Well, as much as I would love to have a wide variety of locally-grown apples available to me year-round, this just isn’t possible. We need to import apples to meet demand, particularly organic apples, and a lot of these apples happen to come from orchards in Washington state.

I won’t throw a lot of facts and figures at you. I’ll just tell you this. When I listened to the patriarch of Stemilt Orchards talk about his orchards and his apples (and his “world famous” compost), it was easy to see his passion for growing the best possible fruit in an environmentally friendly way. I heard the same sort of passion from the Organic Trade Association and the Northwest’s Pear and Cherry fruit growers. So if I can’t always find a locally grown apple, I’m happy to know that the apples that are in my store from further afield are grown with such a commitment to quality. I also appreciate the work they’ve done (and are still doing) to make organic fruit readily available for consumers here, and making it more economical than ever before.

I’d like to thank the Organic Trade Association, Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears, the Washington State Apple Commission and the Washington Fruit Commission/NW Cherry Growers for the opportunity to visit and learn about Pacific Northwest fruit and organic fruit.

brook hurst stephensAs part of our trip, we were treated to a great fruit preserving demonstration from Brook Hurst Stephens of the website Learn to Preserve.

In our 3-hour class, one of the recipes we made was an Apple Pie preserve. You can find the recipe for Apple Pie Preserves here on Brook’s site. It’s great for pancakes, waffles, ice cream … or these buns. (But don’t worry. I’ve also included a quick, “make-you-own” apple filling, if you’re not into making preserves).

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Now about these buns. First, they are the cutest darned buns. (Admittedly, they look a lot more apple-like in the muffin tins than out of them, so I’m storing them in the tins, to enjoy their cuteness until I eat them). Secondly, the dough is made with a really interesting water-roux technique, that was popularized in China and is reputed to produce soft, fluffy bread that stays fresh longer (I’ve been wanting to try this for a while). Finally, they are deeeeelicious.

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The bread is indeed soft and fluffy, as promised. I’ll have to report back on how long they stay fresh. (Update, they stayed nice and fresh into the 3rd day. I froze a few as well, thawed them and they were still nice). These buns are best enjoyed a little warm. About 10 seconds in the microwave will do the trick to re-heat them. If you like, you could also dust them with a little powdered sugar before serving. If you’re the adventurous type, I might suggest that a bit of aged cheddar inside would be a fabulous variation. (I’ll be trying that next, myself!)

These buns were inspired by this post from Cornercafe and the dough recipe was adapted from that post. The apple filling is my own creation.

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  1. Liz October 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    These are so cute and look light and fluffy. I missed picking apples this year as the orchards are not allowing it this year ;( Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jennifer October 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Liz. Yes, the Ontario apple crop was so hard hit. Can’t get over the prices of apples this Fall! (But I’m going to buy lots, anyway :)

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes October 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

    These apple buns look amazing! A perfect breakfast!

    • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

      Thanks Angie and yes, they were perfect for breakfast. The dough is so nice and light and with the apple, they were great.

  3. Sophie October 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Tangzhong! i have been wanting to try this method for bread-baking, too! But what the heck, these are the CUTEST buns i have ever seen. beautiful work, Jennifer! I can’t get over these. Fun to think of you being here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest — next time keep driving, and visit us in Oregon :)

    • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      This dough was really good Sophie and an interesting technique. And yes, how cute are these buns? They made me smile every time I walked past them on the counter.

      I LOVED Seattle. The market was fabulous and a Starbucks on every corner. And the shopping was great. My kind of city! I’ll be sure to go back and already have Oregon on my list to see when I do.

      • Sophie October 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        I love Seattle, too! I would love to visit Canada again, myself…. I havent been there since I was about 14. My husband was born in northern BC!

        • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          You’d love Victoria or Vancouver (or the Tofino area on Vancouver Island is beautiful!). I think they are all very much like Seattle – the west coast “vibe”. Of course, Toronto or Montreal also great cities worth visiting.

  4. Laura Dembowski October 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I can’t get over how amazing these look! I bookmarked them to make, as I love a unique way to use apples. My kitchen has been too full of apple pies and cakes.

    • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I hope you get a chance to make them Laura. They have all disappeared from my house, so I think it’s safe to say they were a hit!

  5. Amy October 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wow! These buns are cute as a button! I think I can smell them through my computer screen.

    • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Amy. Sounds like you’ve been busy since you got home. Hope you have a great (relaxing) Thanksgiving weekend!

  6. Renee October 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Jennifer! These buns look delicious! Love the little “stems”. So great meeting you in Washington – have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    • Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Renee. So nice to meet you, too. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well, with lots of good food!

  7. Betty October 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    These are gorgeous! Apples are an integral part of my fall baking- maybe I’ll be brave enough to try these. :)

    • Jennifer October 12, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Hi Betty! They were really delicious and fun. They didn’t last long in this house :)

  8. Maddie November 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

    omg, what’s a great idea ! must be delicious !

    • Jennifer November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Maddie, they were both cute AND delicious! Thanks for stopping by. (Off to check out your blog :)

  9. Kasia November 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Those look so cute! Almost could smell the apples and cinnamon.

    • Jennifer M November 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Kasia. They did smell divine!

  10. Grace June 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I tried this recipe and SMASHING! The buns turned out soft and very nice. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. GBU.

    • Jennifer M June 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Tamara December 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Jennifer, my name is Tamara, I’m following you for some weeks now:) I love cooking too and I’m learning and enjoying your recipes and beautiful webpage so much! Thank you. This Xmas, and inspired by these buns;) I decided to bake all my gifts for my family, and of course, chose your apple cinnamon buns for my mom’s gift (since she loves apple desserts) I followed your instructions step by step, and the buns came out perfect, just perfect & delicious, apart from being the cutest thing:D
    thank you again, you are an inspiration.
    Warm regards from Madrid, Merry Xmas and a wonderful 2014!

    • Jennifer M December 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Tamara. I’m glad to hear your apple buns turned out so well! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, as well :)

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