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I recently have seen ads for Cracker Barrel restaurant advertising their Cinnamon Roll Pie. That sounded intriguing to me, so I got on line and checked out just what this thing is. Surprisingly, it turns out that their pie is actually cinnamon rolls baked in a pie crust. Interesting and probably good but it sounds very starchy to me. The idea got my wheels turning though and I thought, "What if the Cinnamon Rolls were the crust of the pie?"
Well, obviously, I didn't want to go to all of the trouble of baking a batch of cinnamon rolls just to mash them into a pie crust. I went to the store and bought some canned cinnamon rolls and smooshed them into the bottom of my pie dish. It took 2 tubes of them to cover the bottom and the sides. Sometimes you have to cut the cinnamon rolls in half to fit them around the sides of the dish.
I prebaked my cinnamon roll crust by placing another pie dish in the center and adding weight. You a can get pie weights, or use beans or something. I didn't want my cinnamon rolls to rise up and get puffy. They did puff a bit, but that was okay, they still had the crust shape with room to add a filling. I baked it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
When the crust was out of the oven, I filled it with some of my home canned pie filling, just one jar.
Then, I topped the pie filling with a cinnamon streusel topping!
Next, I popped the pie back into the 400 degree oven for another 15 minutes until the streusel was brown and toasty.
But, there was one thing missing! You can't have cinnamon rolls without the ooey, gooey frosting! So, I used the frosting from the cinnamon roll tubes to drizzle on top of the pie!
Finally, we ate it for dessert after a great chicken dinner with roasted vegetables! This seems like such an All American Meal to me and the pie was the perfect ending. Everyone pronounced the pie a success! I think it will be a terrific breakfast pie as well! It is kind of like a breakfast apple streusel or coffee cake. it would be perfect on Christmas morning.
Let me know if you give this pie a try! I hope you love it!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!