I’m not easily intimidated in the kitchen. With a photo and a recipe, I’m usually pretty invincible. This has been both a blessing and a curse. I’ve tried some things that I swore would be a breeze that turned out to be a nightmare, and I’ve kicked butt at some things that have looked impossible. Sometimes, though, I get a little carried away by this.
The other day on Pinterest, I stumbled across this photo of a cinnamon roll pie crust.
And Little Miss Know It All over here was two seconds away from buying a roll of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and rolling them into a pie plate. Luckily I read the directions first.
I figured out how to make this crust properly, filled it with apples and cinnamon and brought my apple pie with cinnamon roll crust to family Christmas!
Oh! One more thing. It turns out that I actually don’t own a pie plate, and I didn’t realize it until I started baking at midnight the night before Christmas Eve. So I made it in a spring-form pan instead, which actually turned out awesome since it displayed the darling crust! Check it out!
Apple Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust
2 Pillsbury Pie Crusts (the already made kind that all you have to do is unroll)
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Apple Pie Filling:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
7 medium apples
3 tablespoons butter
To make the crust, you will need to unroll one sheet of pie crust, spread with the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll into a log.
Slice the log into 1/4 inch pinwheels. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan or spring-form pan, making sure not to leave any spaces between the rolls.
To make the filling, start by peeling and chopping seven medium apples. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss with the apples.
Fill the crust with the apples. Cut the butter into tiny chunks and scatter on top of the apples. Use cookie cutters to cut out a few pieces from the second pie crust. Place on top of the apples.
Cover with aluminum foil, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes in a 450ºF oven. Remove the foil and bake for an extra 15 minutes until the top crusts are golden brown.
This is where it gets cool! If you used a spring-form pan, after the pie cools, pop off the edges to show off your awesome crust! Add to your holiday dessert table for instant holiday cheer!