Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cinnamon Bun Pecan Pie Recipe

While this recipe has a lot of steps, they are all very simple.  This is an extremely easy dish to prepare.  I didn't get a chance to try a piece at dinner last night but everyone seemed to enjoy it.  I will say that most of the people said it was more like a cinnamon bun and less like a pecan pie, I don't know if that matters to anyone but thought I would throw that little info in there.  :-)

Pie dough: enough for 1 9-inch crust
2 ounces (4 tbsp) melted butter
4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided use
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cake and cookie flavoring (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups toasted pecan halves
1 cup cream cheese frosting (I don't like cream cheese so I made my own glaze, the recipe will be added to my blog in the next day or two...)

Start with dough that is slightly chilled but still pliable.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured piece of parchment or waxed paper until it’s a little less than 1/4-inch thick.
Brush 1 tablespoon of the butter on top of the crust–this is just a thin layer of butter for the cinnamon to stick to.
Leave the rest of the melted butter to put in the filling.
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon on top of the crust, and spread it around with your hands. (It would be really delicious if we could use cinnamon sugar, but the sugar would leak out and make a mess, and would probably glue the pie to the tin…so just plain cinnamon it is.)
Use the edge of the parchment or waxed paper to start rolling the dough over onto itself.
Roll it up into a tight spiral.
Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the spiral log into rounds, about 1/2-inch thick. (If your dough has become too soft to cut cleanly, or is getting smashed down during the process, refrigerate or freeze it briefly until it is firm enough to cut.)
Spray a 9-inch pie tin with nonstick cooking spray, or rub it liberally with butter.
Start placing the cinnamon swirl pie pieces in the pan so that they are touching each other.
When you’ve put over half of the pieces in the pie tin, begin to flatten them with your fingers, pressing them down so that they expand and fill all of the gaps. (You shouldn’t see any empty space between the pieces! Try to get them all about the same depth.)
Once you’ve started the process of pressing them together, you can see where you have gaps in the crust, or areas at the top that need to be filled in.
So add the remaining pie rounds, and press everything together until you have a solid crust in an even thickness.
The top will be a little raggedy, so use a sharp paring knife to trim the edges so that they are smooth and even all the way around.
Once the crust is made, place it in the refrigerator to chill while you mix up the filling, and preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
All you need is one bowl and a whisk.
In a large bowl, combine the corn syrup and the brown sugar.
Whisk them together until there are no lumps of sugar.
The mixture will be thick and sticky.
Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of melted butter and whisk it in.
Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition, until you can’t see any streaks of egg remaining.
Finally, add all the flavorings: the vanilla, the salt, the remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and the cake and cooking flavoring, if you’re using it.
Whisk everything well until it’s entirely blended.
Once all of the filling ingredients are mixed together, place the toasted pecans in the bottom of the pie shell, then carefully pour the liquid filling on top.
Put the pie on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil, to prevent any oven nastiness should it accidentally spill over.
Bake the pie in the 375 F oven for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove the pie from the oven.
Reduce the oven’s temperature to 350 F and return the pie to the oven to continue cooking.
Cook the pie for an additional 20-25 minutes.
Let the pie cool completely.
Drizzle the glaze over the top.

*When it is finished, the center of the pie should be puffed and have slight cracks in the surface. When you lightly tap the pie tin, the center should remain steady instead of jiggling. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack at room temperature.

Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
Raegan Mirick's photo.

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