Greetings, everyone! If you haven’t noticed, lately I have been deep into baking from scratch due to inspiration from @Kurlfriend! My latest experiment was homemade apple pie! YUM!!! I saw a recipe for a cream cheese apple pie that I wanted to try on pinterest and here is my attempt!
I started with the apples because I intended on cheating on the crust part this time around. The main part I was concerned about was properly stewing the apples. I picked up 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled them and cut them up. All was going good. I was playing my music, singing and doing the Carlton in the kitchen.
Things were going well until I nearly sliced the tip of my thumb off. By then, I figured it was time to call it a night.
I used a few squirts of lemon juice and sprinkled about ½ teaspoon of salt on the apples and filled the plastic bowl with water. The salt water solution keeps the apples from browning! Plus the apples are already perfectly salted for the rest of the recipe!
The next day with a fresh bandage on, I started on the stewing!! I started with:
- 1 ½ cup of water
- ¼ cup of cornstarch
- ½ cup regular sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of ginger power
I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the pot and then placed it on the stove burner and slowly stirred in the water. I messed up the first mixture because I just poured the water in on top of the unmixed ingredients while it was on the stove and it was just a big clumpy mess. I had to mix frequently when stirring in the water and continued mixing for about 2-4 minutes until the sauce thickened then I poured in the apples.
I let the apples simmer on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes until the apples were the texture I wanted.
The rest of the recipe is where I cheated. I was ashamed so I didn’t take pictures. Instead of making the crust from scratch, I picked up some Pillsbury croissant dough. I got the buttery kind and laid half (4 triangles) on the bottom of the pie pan and covered that layer with the cream cheese icing. I had some left over from my homemade cupcake experiment the week before. The ingredients were simply cream cheese, butter, a little powdered sugar and a little vanilla.
Then, I layered the apple filling I made on top and followed with the other half of the croissant dough. Once that was done, I microwaved 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzled it over the top of the pie and then sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on top! I popped it in the oven at 350° and let it bake for about 40 minutes. I tried letting it bake for the cooking time the croissants required but it wasn’t done yet, I’m assuming due to the pie filling keeping it moist and the butter I poured across the top.
This was the finished result and I have to say I was proud of myself! I sent over ½ of the pie and a container of my butter pecan ice cream to my parents to try! I have been out of town so I have to give them a call and find out how they liked it! My whole family are big fans of dessert!
Next time I am going to attempt the entire recipe from scratch so I can take 100% of the credit!
I hope you enjoyed! If you try this, I would love to hear how it turned out for you! Thanks for stopping in!