Cinnamon Roulade with Roasted Apple-Cream Cheese Filling: does that say Fall is here or what??!!

Once you feel the first chill in the air, after the last hot and humid days of summer, you know there is no going back. Fall is officially here even if we are still enjoying an Indian Summer. To celebrate this meteorological blessing, SWEETTABLESCAPES had to join the apple-fest and try this recipe from Southern Living (Sept. 2016 issue). It looks too good to pass up!


You’ll need: 

2 large Fuji apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 lb.)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) powdered sugar
4 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup (about 2 7/8 oz.) bleached cake flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided

1. Prepare the Apple-Cream Cheese Filling: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place apples and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in a bowl;


toss well to coat. Spread apples in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. img_0003

Bake in preheated oven until tender and well browned, about 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove apples from pan, and cool completely.img_0012

2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon salt with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. img_0021

Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar; img_0023beat until smooth, about 1 minute. img_0024Fold in roasted apples. img_0025

img_0026Refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Prepare the Cake: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 17- x 12-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment paper. Coat parchment with cooking spray.img_0004

4. Beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup granulated sugar at high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. img_0005


Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites in a separate bowl at medium speed until foamy. img_0008Increase speed to high, and beat until soft peaks form. Add remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until medium peaks form. img_0009

img_0010 img_0011Stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture;img_0010 gently fold in remaining three-fourths egg white mixture.


5. Sift together cake flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sift cake flour mixture over egg mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, folding in until blended after each addition. Spread batter in prepared baking sheet.img_0013
6. Bake at 400°F until puffed and lightly browned on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons powdered sugar over top of cake. img_0018Invert cake onto a parchment paper-lined surface. img_0019
Peel off top layer of parchment paper from cake. Starting at 1 short side, roll cake and bottom parchment together. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely, about 30 minutesimg_0020

7. Unroll cake onto a flat surface.
Spread Apple-Cream Cheese Filling over top, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. img_0027

Starting at 1 short side and using parchment paper as a guide, roll up cake in jelly-roll fashion. Place cake on a platter, seam side down. Sprinkle top and sides with remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Serve immediately.




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