I’ve never been a big Valentine’s Day person, and Mark definitely isn’t into it. We went through the motions while we were dating, and I famously mailed him almost $100 worth of candy when we were in college and seeing each other long distance — only to discover he really doesn’t have a sweet tooth! Let’s just say I didn’t have much extra money back then, and nowadays it seems silly to buy gifts so soon after Christmas when what we really crave is more quality time together (and to stay on track with our college savings / home improvement goals!) So, now we focus on having a festive time with Georgia, and my crafty side loves making valentines for her classmates and baking up some special treats for us to share as a family. I first made this dessert for a family party Thanksgiving weekend, and it travels well and feeds kids and adults alike. It’s very friendly for toddler/preschool aged assistants to help you with, too! Tiara not required but helpful.
Cinnamon Apple Roll Cake
- 2 packs of cinnamon roll dough with icing
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 granny smith apples, diced
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- Optional: Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat your oven to 375.
Cut the cinnamon roll dough into three even strips, then cut those strips into three pieces, making nine total per cinnamon roll. Set aside the icing.
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
In a pan over medium heat, combine the butter, apples, and brown sugar, cooking until the sugar starts to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle the cinnamon roll dough pieces evenly in a 9×9 baking tray. Pour the egg mixture on top, followed by the apples. Drizzle the reserved icing on top.
Bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with ice cream!
Our whole family has been battling the flu for a couple weeks now, and BOY am I sick of being sick. I haven’t been able to taste or smell anything for days and my head is so congested that my ears have been ringing non-stop. Is anyone else facing this where you live?? I can’t for the life of me figure out where we picked this up (maybe the plane?) but it just won’t go away, and it’s excruciating to write about food when I have no appetite or taste buds! In any case, I hope all of you are healthier than us, and staying warm if you’re in the path of today’s Nor’Easter. It’s just picking up where we live and definitely looks like a day to cuddle up on the couch with a movie and some treats. Happy Snow Day and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!