Cinnamon Rolls Recipe with Toffee and Apple

Toffee apple cinnamon buns

  • makes 7
  • A little effort

Cinnamon buns are a really popular treat and apples, caramel and cinnamon make these gorgeously sticky buns a great brunch bake. Dried active yeast needs to be reactivated in water and gives a better rise than fast-action yeast. Find it in tubs in the baking aisle


Try these toffee apple cinnamon buns then check out our Christmas biscuits, Christmas cupcakes, stollen and more Christmas baking recipes.



  • whole milk 175ml
  • dried active yeast 10g (2 tsp)
  • golden caster sugar 35g, plus a little extra for dusting
  • strong white bread flour 350g,  plus extra for dusting
  • egg 1, beaten
  • unsalted butter 50g, softened
  • Braeburn apples 4, peeled, cored and chopped
  • lemon a squeeze of juice


  • unsalted butter 75g
  • golden caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp


  • unsalted butter 50g
  • golden syrup 2 tbsp
  • soft light brown sugar 2 tbsp
  • egg 1 medium, beaten
  • demerara sugar for sprinkling on top 


  • Step 1

    Line the base and sides of a 23cm spring form tin with a large sheet of baking paper so that the sheet of paper completely covers the bottom and sides of the tin without gaps. Heat the milk to just below boiling point, then cool until hand warm. Whisk the dried yeast and 1 tsp sugar into the warm milk and leave in a warm place for about 7 minutes until a thick foam has formed on top of the milk.

  • Step 2

    Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in 1/2 tsp salt and the caster sugar. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the yeasty milk mixture, beaten egg and softened butter. Stir until the mixture is combined and comes together into a rough dough. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes until the dough is silky smooth and elastic. Form into a ball, put in a clean bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave in a warm place for about
    11/2 hours or until doubled in size.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, tip the apples into a pan with another tbsp of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. cover and cook until reduced to a thick purée, stirring occasionally to stop it catching. Cool.

  • Step 4

    To make the cinnamon butter, beat the butter, sugar and cinnamon. for the butterscotch sauce, tip the butter, golden syrup and soft light brown sugar into a pan, then stir over a low heat to melt. Bring to the boil and simmer for one minute to thicken it slightly. Pour into the prepared cake tin, covering the bottom in an even layer.

  • Step 5

    Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently for 30 seconds. Shape into a rectangle measuring about 30 x 50cm with the long side nearest to you. spread the cinnamon butter over the dough, followed by the cooled apple purée, leaving a border of about 1cm around the edges. Roll the dough up as tightly as you can, starting with the side closest to you and keeping the roll even. cut into 7 slices of even thickness and put, cut side uppermost, in the tin on top of the butterscotch. cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 30-40 minutes to rise.

  • Step 6

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan160c/gas4. Brush the top of the buns with beaten egg and sprinkle with a little demerara sugar. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 490
  • Fat 24g
  • Saturates 14g
  • Carbs 59g
  • Fibre 1.8g
  • Protein 9g
  • Salt 0.1g