The scent of these divine pastries will lure your holiday houseguests out of bed for sure!
Either sweet or tart apples will work in this recipe, but tart apples will offer more of a flavor balance. Remove the buns from the cake pans before refrigerating.
You can do most of the prep work the day before, then bake them in the morning. At step 5: After placing the buns in the prepared cake pans, immediately cover and chill. The next day, let the dough come to room temperature, then continue with the recipe. This will add an extra 30-45 minutes or so to the rise time.
I prefer using creme fraiche in the glaze. It's slightly thinner and has a more complex flavor. But cream cheese is more traditional and will work perfectly well! Sour cream would also work.