So, since Pi Day is approaching, I decided it was time to make another pi pie. Usually, I'm not a big fan of pie unless it involves peanut butter and/or chocolate, but apple pie really knows how to get me in a good mood. I love the swirl of cinnamon sugar and the soft apples. The other day, my sister shared with me a recipe that involved a cinnamon roll crust, and I decided to make that the base for this delicious pie. I made this whole pie from scratch! All by myself! For the first time!
Step 1: Ingredients
For the cinnamon roll crust (yields 2 crusts):
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled butter
1 tsp salt 1 tsp + 1 tsp sugar (divided)
6 tablespoons ice water
1 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the filling:
4 Granny Smith apples, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg
Step 2: Make the crust
In a medium-sized bowl, mix your flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then cut your butter into little cubes and put them into the bowl. If you own a pastry cutter, now is the time to drag it out of your drawer and dust it off. I am not fortunate enough to have one, so I grabbed the biggest fork I could find. I used this comically giant fork to break up the butter into the flour mixture until it was mixed in pretty well.
Step 3: Make the crust, cont.
Put some cold water in a little bowl along with a couple of ice cubes. Let the water chill for a couple of minutes. Add four tablespoons of this water (minus the ice cubes!) to your butter/flour mixture. Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Mix the dough with your hands until it resembles dough.You can add up to two more tablespoons of ice water if needed, to make a total of six tablespoons. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and let chill for at least a half hour.