Apple Roly-Poly Recipe
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Apple Roly-Poly Recipe

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Apple Roly-Poly isn't very fancy, but it's genuine Down East fare. It came from my grandmother. With 13 children plus the men at Grandpa's sawmill, she had to do lots of cooking each day! —Megan Newcombe, Cookstown, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely shredded (about 5 cups)
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

336 calories: 1 each, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 329mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Add sour cream and blend until a ball forms.
  2. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread with softened butter; sprinkle with remaining filling ingredients.
  3. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Cut into 12 slices. Place slices, cut side down, in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  4. For topping, combine water, brown sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from the heat. Stir in the cream.
  5. Carefully pour hot topping over dumplings. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly. (Center will jiggle when dumplings are hot out of the oven but will set as dumplings stand for a few minutes.) Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apple Roly-Poly in Country Woman May/June 1993, p29

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"This recipe is amazing! When I put it in the oven, I thought it was a disaster because of all the water. But it poofed up and tastes wonderful. A new favorite!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011


Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008

"Such a yummy recipe!! I love to make it, and it always turns out great :)"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"I followed these directions completely and it sure didnt turn out like the pix. It wasnt as thick and it dropped in when it sat to cool. I think 2 1/2 cups of water was too much. I may try it again and put less water."

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