Sweet Apples & Pink Pepper Bread Rolls

Experimenting with yeast is fun.  Making bread and pasta are 2 of my favorites kitchen experimentation.  Since I posted the recipe for my homemade apple sauce yesterday and I told you that I had a few recipes up my sleeves where I am using this same apple sauce, here’s my first one!!  You don’t NEED my homemade recipe to make this, any store bought version would be ok but the final taste might differ slightly to my version but it will still be good.

I would have never thought that mixing pink peppers and apples would be such good idea.

I hope you get around to try these :)

- INGREDIENTS -

For the dough:

1/2 cup of apple sauce

1 pouch of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoon)

1/4 cup of warm water (115-120F)

2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of cane sugar

40 pink whole peppercorns, crushed

3 tablespoons of margarine

1 egg

2 1/4 cup of all purpose flour, sifted

For the filling:

4 tablespoon of apple sauce

8 tablespoons of tightly packed brown sugar

1- In a tall glass, dissolve 1 teaspoon of cane sugar in 1/4 cup of lukewarm water.  Add the yeast, stir once and let it rise for 15 minutes.

2- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the margarine with 2 tablespoons of sugar till you get a nice smooth paste.  Add the egg, apple sauce and crushed pink pepper, mix well.

3- In another bowl, mix together the filling ingredients, reserve.

4- Once your yeast is ready, pour it in the your mixing bowl with the other ingredients, mix and then add the 2 cups of sifted flour 1 cup at the time.  Form a ball with your hands and transfer it in to a flour surface and knead the bread for 10 minutes while adding the remaining 1/4 cup of sifted flour.

5- Transfer your ball of dough in to a grease medium mixing bowl and cover it with a wet towel and place it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.  Pre-heat your oven at 350, line a big baking sheet with a parchment paper.

6- Punch the dough and transfer it in to a lightly flour surface to knead it for 2 minutes.  You don’t need that much flour for this step, about 1-2 teaspoons max.  Then cut your ball of dough in half, roll it flat (approx. 1/2 inch thick).  Spread half of your filling mixture, roll and cut!

7- Bake for 25 minutes or till it’s brown to your liking :)

Enjoy it as a desert or with your morning coffee :)

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