So for a holiday get together i made an apple pie with cinnamon roll crust recipe i found on pinterest but i tried it one way with a different twist first. Instead of a pie, i tried to line a cupcake pan with each rolled out cinnamon roll to see how they turned out.
Here is the finished apple pie tart? cupcake?
Here is the apple pie result.
For both, ways when i rolled out my cinnamon rolls to be thin discs (cinnamon side UP), i used wax paper instead of what the directions say about flour. I hate the mess of flour and a rolling pin and the wax paper was so perfect and worked great! Didn’t stick at all.
Then, I took the biggest cupcake pan i had and buttered (i used margarine) all the edges of each i was going to use so that it wouldn’t stick to put the eight rolls into. I used this formation making sure to keep all in the most center position for even baking and heat.
Then in each, i spooned as much apple as i could, and then topped it with the crumb mixture. Unlike the apple pie version i baked these at 325 for 1 hour…but…
…oh geez make sure you put a cookie sheet underneath the rack you have these on to catch the overflow that boils out! They look a bit rough, but they didn’t burn at that temperature they were golden brown all the way around as you saw in the first picture.
I only decided to make the pie because i had so many apple filling and crumb left that i didn’t want to waste so i decided to make another. Luckily i had bought a few more packs of cinnamon rolls.
You roll out the 8 rolls between the wax paper just like above. You can make out alittle in the photo below how i arranged the rolls. One in the center, then overlap the others around the sides. I also put margarine all around my glass pie plate to make sure it didn’t stick. It made sense to do this cause this is how i make cinnamon rolls normally…the original recipe directions don’t say to butter or anything.
Fill the pie with the apples and top with the crumb.
Here is something important to note…i covered the edges of the pie the ENTIRE hour it baked. I read reviews that people had issues with burnt edges…keeping it on the entire time still gave me golden brown edges.
I baked the pie at 350 degrees for one hour. Here is the result.
In conclusion….i liked the small cupcake versions the best. For me there was a much better ratio of cinnamon roll flavor, apple, and crumb. I preferred to taste the cinnamon roll more than the apple. When i tried the pie, there was too much tart granny apple flavor over the cinnamon. The pie got mixed reviews. Most liked it and wanted to try to make it themselves.
Give it a try and see what you think!