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Author Notes: I created this recipe with bagels, apple butter, and cream cheese in mind. I liked the sound of the combination. Not too sweet, but not too tart. Brush it with nutty browned butter, and it's just perfect. —Rachel Jean Alyssa Cardoza
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- Combine flour, sugar, and salt.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
- Pour in the lukewarm water.
- Knead dough until soft.
- Let dough sit in a warm place, covered with a tea towel, until it has risen twice it's height.
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Punch dough, divide into two balls, and roll out on a floured surface.
- Spread each ball of dough with cream cheese and sliced apples.
- Roll dough, beginning from the top, like a jelly roll.
- Using a knife, slice dough into smaller rolls.
- Lay each bun/roll on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- While the buns are baking, melt butter until it bubbles and becomes flecked with brown freckles. This is your brown butter.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Once buns are finished, remove from oven and brush with brown butter.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar before the brown butter dries.