Bake the Book: Apple Roly Poly

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Apple Roly Poly

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[Photograph: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn]

No need to fret if you've never heard of a Roly Poly before—neither had Sonya Jones of Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Bread Company before the legendary Edna Lewis shared this Apple Roly Poly with her. It's a curious dessert that made its way to the South by way of England where it's known as shirt-sleeve pudding due to the fact that it's wrapped in cloth before being steamed.

Jone's Roly Poly is perfect for fall, it's a sweet pastry dough filled with slices of cinnamon sugared apples and finished with cranberry sauce and a touch of cream. What sets this dessert apart from other rolled cakes is the fact that it's steamed instead of baked, making for a big sliceable apple dumpling, gooey and sweet on the inside like an apple pie and pleasantly doughy on the outside.

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