I heard myself say recently that the only difference between successful people (successful in terms of satisfaction with your life from an emotional perspective, not a financial one) and those with unrealized dreams are that the successful ones believed it was possible.  I’m not sure where I got this idea from or if it is entirely true or not but it has got me thinking lately (bear in mind I fall into the latter “unrealized dreams category”, so what do I know). Can something become a reality just by the sheer belief that it is possible? I think a clear vision and a whole lot of hard work help too, but what else? Possibilities, what about simply being willing to explore the possibilities of what is possible? Okay, I’m not sure what I’m talking about anymore either, but speaking of possibilities, you know what has endless possibilities? Cinnamon rolls, geez just think about it, you can fill them with anything! Stay tuned because I think this may be my new obsession.

Apple-Cinnamon Rolls

For the dough:

½ cup cooled apple cinnamon tea or warm water

¼ cup coconut or other non dairy milk

¼ cup Sucanat or brown sugar

1-1/2 tsp. yeast

¼ cup applesauce

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1 cup all purpose flour

¼ cup quick oats

For the filling:

3 medium apples, about 2-1/2 cups chopped

4 Tbsp. earth balance

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

4 Tbsp. sugar

For the icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. hot water

2 Tbsp. Sucanat or brown sugar

A few dashes of cinnamon

In a large bowl combine the tea or water, milk, Sucanat and yeast. Allow this mixture to sit for about 10 minutes or until it has a frothy appearance. Add the applesauce, oil, salt and cinnamon and whisk until blended. Add the white whole wheat flour and ½ cup of the all purpose flour and mix until fairly combined. Turn onto a floured work space and knead in the remaining ½ cup of all purpose flour. Knead for about 8 minutes. It should look something like this:

Clean out your mixing bowl and coat it with about a teaspoon of oil, return the dough to the bowl, coat it in oil also and cover and let raise in a warm place for about 90 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

When your dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface into an approximately 13×13 square. Let the dough rest while you prepare the filling.

You may want to cut the apples a little ahead of time because it can be fairly time consuming depending on your method. Peel and slice then roughly chop the apples. Add the apples and the remaining filling ingredients to a saucepan and cook on medium heat until the apples begin to soften, stirring frequently.

Spread filling onto rolled out dough and roll dough from either end.

Carefully slice dough into 8 even pieces and transfer to prepared baking pan. Cover once again and let rise for about 45 minutes.  After second rise, bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the rolls are just becoming golden brown. Allow rolls to cool while you prepare the icing.

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the 2 tablespoon hot water and the Sucanat, mix until the Sucanat is dissolved. Put the powdered sugar in a small bowl and add water/sugar mixture and cinnamon. Mix with a whisk or a fork until it reaches desired consistency, you may need to add either more liquid or sugar depending on how thick or thin you like it. When rolls are sufficiently cooled, drizzle icing over rolls.