Paula's Pie Project Blog

52 different pies in 52 weeks

Pie #61- Cinnamon Roll Apple March 17, 2013

I’ m WAAAAY behind on my blogging, but not my pie making.  SO, here’s #61- Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.

Henry is the one who came up with the idea for this pie.  He asked if I could make a cinnamon apple pie and when this recipe popped up on my google search, well, it didn’t take him long for him to agree to help make it.

I thought it was fun that the crust is made completely out of cinnamon rolls, so for all of you who are scared to make a pie crust from scratch, this one is for you! You still will need a rolling pin, but it is very easy to make.

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cinnamon-roll-dutch-apple-pie/28ab433c-eac9-462d-9848-4903260e6821

Mom's helper. He loves (bacon and) apple pie.

Mom’s helper in the kitchen today. Henry loves (bacon and) apple pie.

Mixing the crumb topping

Mixing the crumb topping

Rolling out the cinnamon rolls.

Rolling out the cinnamon rolls.

Mom's helper puts some muscle into rolling out the dough

Henry puts some muscle into rolling out the dough.

The crust made from (8) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls

The crust made from (8) Pillsbury cinnamon rolls

The granny smith apples, sugar and cinnamon filling

The granny smith apples, sugar and cinnamon filling

The filling goes in the pie shell

The filling goes in the pie shell

Last step- crumb top on. Oven ready.

Last step- crumb top on. Oven ready.

Pie #61 Cinnamon Roll Apple

Pie #61- Cinnamon Roll Apple

Henry is proud of his cinnamon apple pie!

Henry is proud of his cinnamon apple pie!

Personal Notes:

  • I did find that the crust was a bit soggy at the bottom of the pie plate in spots where the round, flattened rolls overlapped each other.
  • This pie was really yummy and I will definitely make it again when I don’t feel like rolling out a pie crust.
 

Pie #42- Crumb Top Apple October 10, 2010

I interrupt my newly scheduled pie, Pie #41- Buckeye Pie to interject this one… Crumb Top Apple…which happened earlier in the week.  (Sorry, Ohio State fans, you will have to wait one more week.)

Last Sunday night underneath the influence of a very stiff vodka tonic I came up with this great idea…or so I thought…

I was scheduled to lead Nate’s Webelo den meeting on Tuesday and I decided to take the pie project to the Cub Scouts.  Yes, each boy in Nate’s group was going to learn how to make a crumb top apple pie, home-made crust and all!  Betty Crocker would be SO proud!

I brought all the supplies with me…six bowls, six spoons, six forks, measuring cups, measuring spoons, pie plates, wax paper, rolling pins, flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, $18 worth of apples…and oh, the list goes on… enough to fill two laundry baskets full of pie making tools and ingredients. 

Of course, the boys were excited because this meeting for one involved food and secondly, no one had ever made a pie before.  (Nate has helped me make pies, but he has never made one on his own.)  In the end, we pumped out six crumb top apple pies in 1 hour and fifteen minutes and let me tell you it was completely INSANE!   I was laughing and crying at the same time!  The boys were bouncing off the walls!  Ingredients were flying everywhere!  Flour, sugar, apple peels and cinnamon were all over the school cafeteria floor by the time it was over!  And the boys LOVED it!!!

And when it was all finished, I about fell over with exhaustion.  We left the meeting and I drove myself and my four boys to the nearest restaurant, order dinner for my kids and drank a very stiff vodka tonic…Hmmm, now isn’t that what started this in the first place!?!…..

Here’s the Recipe:

And now the photos…

 

Personal Notes:

  • Thank you God!  No one stabbed or cut themselves and we did not need a trip to the ER for stitches.  I was praying Hail Mary’s underneath my breath the whole time they had knives in their hands….
  • Words of advice, if you are going to give your Cub Scouts the job of cutting and peeling apples, give them an apple corer.  That little kitchen tool would have saved my group of six a whole bunch of time.
  • A HUGE thank you goes out to Kim O’Brien who helped me clean up after the pie making frenzy.  I appreciate your help SO much!  Hope you enjoyed part of Cameron’s pie!
  • Nate was SO proud of his pie.  He came home (after our dinner out) and immediately wanted to bake it for dessert.  Fifty minutes later, it smelled so good and looked so delicious!  And just as Nate was pulling the cooled pie off of the counter top to serve up his tasty masterpiece to his loving family, his crumb top apple pie slid off the pie stand and landed SMACK, flat upside down on the kitchen floor.  Poor kid!  He ran out of the room completely devastated and locked himself in the bathroom to cry.  Of course, I explained the five second rule was in effect and scraped the whole thing back into the metal pie tin as best I could, smashed crust and all. A little dirt never hurt anyone.  The pie was still perfect.  Nate, I give your pie a 10.  Thanks for making pie with me!  Love, Mom

 

 

Pie #27- Apple Pie July 6, 2010

This is the first of five or so pies I will be doing on the road.

The first stop is in Denver, where my brothers Dan and Brian live.  You met Dan in my previous posts from Memorial Day weekend when he, Gina and their three boys visited us in Boise.  Since I made three pies with Dan during his stay, it was now my youngest brother Brian’s turn.

Apparently, a few years back for Thanksgiving, Brian tried his hand at baking an apple pie. Unbeknownst to him, he chose the wrong apples.  Note to self, Red Delicious apples do not make a good pie.  This pie is his “redemption” pie and is his opportunity to save face wearing the baking hat.

Brian is actually quite impressive in the kitchen. He is the youngest of us five Metzger children, so Mom must have had more time to teach him a culinary thing or two.  I remember Brian telling me when he was in the dating scene that he would cook for his various female friends.  My guess is either he was too cheap to take them to dinner or he wanted to show them what great midwestern man-material he was made of.  Maybe both.  Well, his wife Andrea lucked out and caught the buckeye-gourmet, so I suppose she can comment how well fed she is….

This recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Gina (brother Dan’s wife).  It is her mom Sally’s recipe.  It’s a fantastic mid-western delight, straight from Wisconsin.

Sally’s Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 7 cups of peeled and sliced Jonathan apples (or Granny Smith)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 whipping cream

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 425°.  Mix cinnamon and sugar.  Pour over apples and mix.  Place apples into pie crust and place butter chunks on top.  Cover with top crust and slit.  Place tin foil around edges and bake for 50-60 minutes. Brush whipping cream onto pie crust slits 5 minutes before done.

Since this pie required a top, I used the double crust proportions.  Here’s that recipe.


Personal Notes

  • Since Jonathan apples were not in season, I had to substitute them with Granny Smith. I even confirmed this substitution with the produce grocer to make certain these apples were pie worthy.
  • Brian peeled and cut nine apples which was just a handful too much for the pie. We never measured the nine apples to see if it made seven cups. Next time I know about 8 apples will do.
  • I decided impress Brian with a lattice top crust instead of a plain one with slits.  (My first lattice top crust was in Pie #15 Strawberry Rhubarb.  I plan to do another one with Cherry Pie.)  Together, we whipped out the weave in less than five minutes.
  • This pie was DELICIOUS.  Once cut, it fell completely apart, but none the less it was perfect on the pie scale- a 10.
  • Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!