Author Archives: Jeanne

Peek-A-Boo

 

This is what I was greeted with when I turned around after unlocking my front door. The Peek-A-Boo King had magically disappeared from his stroller. Where’s Jack?

Apparently, after a few games, Jack only needs partial use of the blanket in order to make himself disappear completely.

Eventually Jack so good at disappearing he can simply vanish from my sight by closing his eyes. Thankfully, after a few seconds he opened his eyes and BOOM he magically reappeared. I have no idea how I would have found him otherwise.

 

Fill ‘Er Up, Murph

 

Pinsanity! Apple Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust

 

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust from Taste For Adventure via Pinterest

Making pies is something I enjoy doing, but don’t do terribly often. While browsing Pinterest I came across this interesting pin for a cinnamon roll pie crust. It made me wonder – would the added cinnamon make a real difference in the final pie?  It looks great, but is it worth the time? The original recipe was for a one-crust pie, but would it work for a two-crust fruit pie as well? Those questions were all the motivation I needed to get into the kitchen and try it out with a favorite go-to apple pie recipe of mine.

For the apple filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste

For the crust:

  • 2 store-bought refrigerated pie crusts (if you’d like to make your own, even better)
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

I like this recipe because it is so easy and I already had most of the ingredients.

To start, unroll your pie crust, brush with the melted butter and then sprinkle on your cinnamon. After that, just roll it up!

Cut the dough into 1/2 inch segments. They look like cute little cinnamon rolls!

I started pressing the little rolls in the middle of the pie pan and radiated outward. I ran out of little rolls and it was difficult to cover the sides of the plate. I pressed the dough thin, added some from the second pie crust and was able to make it work. Since I was doing a two-crust pie, I did not flash bake the crust.

With the crust completed, I peeled, cored and sliced up my granny smiths. I love the contrast between tart and sweet! A touch of lemon keeps the apples from browning. My lemon looks a little stunted because I picked it off the tree in the dark.

After the apples are prepared, start on the "sauce" by melting the butter in a saucepan.

When the butter is melted, add in your sugars and water and heat until all the ingredients are integrated and create a smooth caramel-colored liquid. Remove from heat.

After your caramel mixture is made, spice up your apples with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. You can adjust your spices according to your preference. I also add a touch of flour to help thicken the sauce (but most of the time my pies bubble over anyway).

Add the warm sauce to your spiced apples and stir to combine. Try not to eat all the apples at this point, because they are mighty tasty.

Pour the apples into your prepared crust and begin work on the lattice crust!

Since I had a little trouble bringing the cinnamon roll crust up the sides of the pan, it was a challenge attaching the lattice to the crust edge. It took some effort and it wasn't pretty but it eventually worked. Pop the pie into a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, then reduce to 350 and bake one hour.

Here's the final product. The pie bubbled over, as usual, but it still tasted great despite its appearance.

 

So, what was the final result? Speaking honestly, I think in a one-crust pie that does not already contain cinnamon in it (like the Sweet Potato Pie in the original blog post) would be best suited for a cinnamon roll pie crust. In the case of an apple pie that already is spiced, I really didn’t think it added anything to the recipe. Perhaps if  I could have cut my pie into slices in a way that would have shown off the pretty pattern of the crust it would have been worth the effort, but I was unable to do so. I do have to say, I normally have difficulty getting my crust to bake up well – sometimes the pies are so juicy the crust suffers. Not so with this crust. It baked up perfectly! I think if I want to add some cinnamon to a crust again, I would brush the dough with butter, add the cinnamon, and then add the apples on top and forego the rest.

I have to thank Stephanie at Taste For Adventure for inspiring me to try and adapt her recipe to my tried-and-true apple pie. Do you enjoy baking apple pies? If so, please tell me how to keep them from bubbling over!

It All Comes Full Circle

My husband grew up in a small city in Southern California and every year they had a special carnival to celebrate the city’s official flower – the camellia. The Camellia Festival had everything a kid could want – fun rides, games, music, and of course carnival food. One year he entered the art show and won a prize. Needless to say the Festival  is remembered fondly in his childhood memories.

Fortunately for us, we still live close by and this year we went to the Camellia Festival with our son who is just old enough to enjoy the experience. We walked past the ping-pong ball toss that was there thirty years ago. Our son rode the same carousel, bumble bee, and car rides that his father did when he was a child. Around and around Jack went in his little Jeep, playing with knobs and the spinning steering wheel. He probably believed he was doing 100 miles per hour.

The entire experience that day was new, yet at the same time, comforting and familiar. Sometimes I love how everything in life comes full circle.

Hold My Hand, Grandpa

 

Hold My Hand Grandpa

I love this photograph.

My husband’s father and step-mother live in a different state and we don’t get to see Jack’s grandparents very often. In fact, it had been a year since they saw their grandson. So, we decided to all go on a cruise together this past Christmas to spend some quality time together. However, my son at the time was 21 months old and a little wary of strangers – even if they are family. The first couple days of the cruise my son really just wanted to hang out with mom & dad, or at least have them close by.

By the time we reached our port three days later the little guy decided the big guy wasn’t so bad after all. We were strolling around the port, taking in the sights, when all of the sudden Jack decided he wanted to be with Good ‘ol Gramps. He reached up, took his hand, and led him around the shops. It was the first time he chose to be with Grandpa and it was endearing.

Has your little one ever been wary of relatives? How long did it take for them to warm up? We’d love to hear your experiences!