Apple Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust

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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!

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Step 1: Ingredients

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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

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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.

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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.

Michael C1 year ago

This was genius, I must try.

elewis03 (author)  Michael C1 year ago

Thank you!

really well tutorialized. i will make this. I'm an avid baker and appreciate the work.
elewis03 (author)  tpatten-scheinost1 year ago

Thanks so much!

That is a genius crust idea! The crust is usually my least favorite part, but that one is awesome!

I concur! I haven't made this but you're getting my vote based simply on the food porn! I too love that its from scratch and, yes, the crust idea is amazing.

Hello, my name is Atomic Lizard...and I'm addicted to food porn. *hangs head in shame*

elewis03 (author)  atomiclizard1 year ago

Thanks Atomic Lizard!

elewis03 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

It's so buttery and cinnamon-y and it made for a delicious crust. :)

nanaverm1 year ago

I appreciate that you made everything from scratch. Looks delicious!

elewis03 (author)  nanaverm1 year ago

Thanks so much! It was a ton of work, but it was definitely worth it.

MonkiMan1 year ago

tau pie is more delicious :D

Mielameri1 year ago
Oh man, coolest pie crust idea ever! And I love the 'pi' cutout...tautological pie is tautological ;)
elewis03 (author)  Mielameri1 year ago

Thanks! Too bad it didn't turn out looking so great. It's tasty as a slice of heaven though!