Apple Cinnamon Roly Poly

It was my dad’s birthday the other week and we were lucky enough that he and my mom were still visiting so we were able to share in his birthday celebrations.  My aunty Christine made her famous roly poly for pudding – this version was minus the raisins which I know quite a few of my fellow bloggers will appreciate.  The recipe is super easy and super versatile – you can swap out the apples for pears; you can add nuts or cherries, ginger and mixed spice.  Enjoy it on it’s own or serve it with custard, cream or ice cream.

The result of scheduled posts - this photo is not taken with my "real" camera

Apple Cinnamon Roly Poly


2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2tsp butter

Roly Poly
½ cup butter
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup milk
6 apples peeled
5ml cinnamon


  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Once the sugar has dissolved switch off the heat.  Retain one cup of sauce.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour, salt and sugar.
  4. Add the baking powder and milk.
  5. Roll out to approximately 30cm x 40cm.
  6. Grate the apples over the pastry and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  7. Roll up like you would a swiss roll and slice into 2.5cm thick slices.
  8. Place into a prepared oven proof dish and pour over the sauce. Retain one cup of sauce.
  9. Sprinkle over a little extra cinnamon before placing in the oven.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes or until baked through.
  11. Pour over the retained cup of sauce over the hot dish.
  12. Serve warm with custard or lightly whipped cream or ice cream.