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Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie

As some of you might be aware, I won the Apple Day dessert competition last March at Pittstate. In order to hold on to that title, I thought I’d practice some new apple desserts.

Thus, this weekend I decided to try a new apple recipe. Actually it really isn’t a new recipe. I make this really good sugar-free apple pie filling, but like to play around with the pie crusts.

Sugar Free Apple Pie Filling
Yields 1
Tasty sugar free apple pie filling
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 small/medium chopped apples
  2. 1 tbs butter
  3. 1/4 cup of Splenda
  4. 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Chop apples into cubes.
  2. On medium heat melt butter in sauce pan.
  3. Add apples to butter.
  4. Stir in sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Reduce heat and cook apples until golden brown, string in to prevent burning.
Notes
  1. More or less cinnamon can be added at you discretion.
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I usually make apple pie on a whim, and just use a store-bought crust and once even crescent roll dough. However this particular weekend I came across a Pillsbury recipe that used refrigerated cinnamon roll dough for the crust. This was something I simply had to try.

Apple Pie Ingredients
Apple Pie Ingredients

Now, it just so happens that I had some cinnamon roll dough on had, and thought I’d give it a try. Because of my hubby’s inability to digest sugar, I usually try to make everything sugar-free, so if I try this recipe again, I’ll need to start with cinnamon roll dough from scratch.

The recipe was fairly simple and making the crust wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Just roll the cinnamon rolls into a giant ball, then roll out to approximate, 9″ crust.

Cinnamon Pie Crust  filled with apple filling
Cinnamon Pie Crust filled with apple filling
Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie
Serves 8
Apple pie with a cinnamon roll crust
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Crumb Topping
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter, softened
Crust
  1. 1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
Filling
  1. Apple pie filling
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375┬░F.
  2. In medium bowl, mix Crumb Topping ingredients with fork until large clumps form.
  3. Refrigerate. Spoon icing from can of rolls into small microwavable bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  4. Lightly flour rolling pin and work surface or cutting board. Separate dough into 8 rolls. With rolling pin, roll each cinnamon roll, cinnamon side up, into 4- to 5-inch round.
  5. In ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate, place 1 dough round in center. Arrange remaining 7 dough rounds around center round and up side of plate, overlapping slightly as necessary. With fingers, press dough to seal together in bottom and up side of pie plate to form crust. Flute edge.
  6. Prepare the apple filling. Spoon filling into cinnamon roll-lined pie plate.
  7. Sprinkle crumb topping over top to completely cover filling.
  8. Bake about 1 hour or until top is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour.
  9. Before serving, microwave icing on High 10 to 15 seconds or until runny enough to drizzle. Drizzle back and forth over top of pie.
Notes
  1. Baking for 1 hour is overkill, especially if you precook your apple filling. I say prep-cook the crust for about 20 minutes, pour in the cooked filling and then give it 10 minutes on broil to golden the dutch crumble topping.
Adapted from Pillsbury.com
Adapted from Pillsbury.com
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The recipe said to cook the pie for 1 hour, which I think was way too much, especially since I had already precook end my apple filling. I probably could have gotten away with around 25-30 minutes, or at least at a lower temperature.

 

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Despite a slightly crispy crust I really liked the cinnamon roll flavor and think if cooked properly, could really make for a soft and rich pie.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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