Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie


Submitted by Ciera Seasholtz

ciera seasholtz cinnamon roll apple pie2
ciera seasholtz cinnamon roll apple pie1

FUN FACT: This recipe made Ciera the first place winner in the Apple Pie Baking Competition at the Fourth of July celebration in Lake Park.

INGREDIENTS

Crust:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup of cold butter
5-7 tbsp. of water
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. sugar

Pie:
7 – 8 cups apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (I use Granny Smith and Honeycrisp.)
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Crumb topping:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. granulated (or coarse) sugar

Icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. good vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 tsps. milk

DIRECTIONS
Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Using a pastry cutter, blend crust ingredients together starting with 5 Tbs of water to 7 Tbs until ball forms, then roll pastry out. Unroll your crust on a lightly floured surface. Then, brush the crust with melted butter and evenly sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll the crust up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch rounds.

Press these rounds, cut side down, into a clear glass 9-inch pie plate. Press until flat, covering the entire pan. Make sure there are no spaces between the rolls.
In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon until evenly coated. Then, pour the apples into the crust. It will mound up and almost seem to be overflowing. This is good.

Then, in a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour, and brown sugar with your fingers or a pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble over the heaped apples. Finally, sprinkle the whole pie with the sugar.

Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly (about 50 – 60 minutes). (My oven tends to brown things easily, so I very lightly cover the top of my pie with tin foil for most of the baking process.) Once baked, remove form the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

When the pie is cool, prepare the icing. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk. If your mixture seems too thick, add a bit more milk. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off. Then, pipe the icing in a swirl (to resemble a cinnamon roll) on top of the crumble.

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