Recipe by Estee Kafra

Hot Sticky Apple Buns with Vanilla-Cinnamon Ice Cream

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Parve Parve
Hard Hard
12 Servings

Nothing says “fall” like hot sticky buns. Add some apples and we’re in fall flavor heaven! I sometimes make these in individual baking cups and invert individual buns onto each dessert plate. Whether they’re served solo or as a family style pull-apart, everyone will enjoy them.



  • 1 teaspoon + 1/4 cup sugar, divided

  • 1/3 cup warm water

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Gefen Yeast

  • 2/3 cup pareve milk (any kind), such as Gefen Almond Milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons oil

Apple Filling

  • 1/4 cup margarine spread

  • 3 Golden Delicious or Cortland apples, peeled and shredded


  • 1/4 cup margarine spread (you can use butter-flavored)

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Vanilla-Cinnamon Ice Cream

  • sugar


Prepare the Dough


In the bowl of a mixer, dissolve one teaspoon sugar in 1/3 cup of warm water. Add yeast. Let proof for 10 minutes.


Add remaining dough ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Continue mixing for an additional five minutes.


Cover and let rise for about one and a half hours.

Prepare the Apple Filling


Place margarine in a frying pan over low heat and melt. Add apples and cinnamon and cook, stirring often, for about eight minutes, until lightly golden.

Prepare the Caramel


In a small pot, melt margarine, then add brown sugar and water. Cook over low heat just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add cream. Stir vigorously.

Assemble and Bake


Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface, until approximately one-inch (three centimerer) thick. Spread apple filling over dough. Roll up tightly, position the roll seam-side down, and cut into 12–14 pieces.


Spread the caramel onto the bottom of a large Pyrex baking dish. Place buns swirl-side down onto the caramel. Cover and let rise for another hour.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).


Place pan in the oven and bake for 25–30 minutes.

Prepare the Ice Cream


Allow ice cream to melt just until soft. Pour half of one tub into the bottom of a large container big enough to hold both tubs. Sprinkle with a thin layer of cinnamon and sugar. Add more ice cream. Sprinkle with another layer. Continue until it’s done, then freeze until ready to serve.

To Serve


Gently heat buns, then invert (caramel side up) onto a rimmed serving dish. Serve alongside a scoop of vanilla-cinnamon ice cream.


Food and Prop Styling: Renee Muller
Photography: Moshe Wulliger

Hot Sticky Apple Buns with Vanilla-Cinnamon Ice Cream

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Leah Schwartz
Leah Schwartz
8 months ago

This recipe sounds delicious. I would love to make it but it doesn’t have the ingredients listed. Please correct the error. Thanks