It’s time for something sweet on the  chuck wagon! We’re making something my mama used to whip up for us growing up. Few things beat a good homemade cinnamon roll- especially when it’s a sourdough cinnamon roll. But we’re taking it up a notch with simmered apples on top. It’s like a blend of apple pie and a cinnamon roll.

We’ll be using a Dutch oven to cook these rascals up, so if you’re wanting instructions on that be sure to check out our video below. Oh, and don’t forget the ice cream. You’ll definitely want it!

Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake


Apple Topping

  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 shakes cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cinnamon Rolls

  • Click here for our sourdough starter recipe:
  • 3 cups sourdough starter
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter melted (divided)
  • sugar to taste
  • brown sugar to taste
  • cinnamon to taste


Apple Topping

  1. Add the apples to a pot with the water and butter. Cook over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and continue to cook until the apples are tender. In a small bowl, mix together the cold water and cornstarch. Add to the apples and bring to a boil. Stir until thickened.

Cinnamon Rolls

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the starter, yeast and sugar. Let set a couple minutes. Whisk in the salt, baking powder and oil.
  2. Stir in the flour until it is a soft dough, but not sticky to the touch. You may need to adjust the flour amount.
  3. Generously flour the surface and knead the dough just slightly to remove any stickiness. Roll out to about ¼-inch thick rectangle. Pour ½ stick of the melted butter and spread on top. Sprinkle with sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Starting at the long side, tightly roll up the dough. Cut into about 1-inch thick pieces.
  5. Pour the remaining ½ stick of butter in the bottom of a 12-inch Dutch oven or 11x13-inch casserole dish. Evenly place the rolls on the bottom.
  6. Pour the apple mixture over top. Cook with coals or in the oven at about 350 degrees for about 30 minutes in the middle rack or until golden brown.

Watch how we cook these in a Dutch oven…