Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: Mini Cheez-It Crusted Apple Pie

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mini Cheez-It Crusted Apple Pie

 

Ya know, sometimes when we get stuck inside, quarantined for months, creativity abounds.

Other times, things get kinda weird.

Case in point: Cheez-It Crusted Apple Pie.

While stuck at home I got to thinking about apple pie.  And how many people (in the mid-west, at least) like to accompany their apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese (personally, I can take it or leave it).  

This unusual pairing does, however, have a tendency to inspire creativity in me. The first time I tried this, I put shredded cheddar directly into the crust and was completely underwhelmed. 

This time, I decided to try that cheddar crust made out of Cheez-Its instead.  For this version, the crackers were crushed and baked like one typically does a graham cracker crust, then the pie was made as usual.

The result?

It was a little weird.

The pie was not aesthetically pleasing in the least.  Plus, the Cheez-Its took on kind of a funky, greasy smell in the baking process (sad).

Taste wise - it was pretty good.  The cheesy flavor was much more pronounced than my previous try as cheddar crust, but it was hard to get over the other aesthetics.

Would I make this again?  No.

Worth sharing? Heck yeah! Let’s all share out COVID-boredom experiments!

 

Ps - there are a bunch of great recipe experiments too, I’ve just been a blogging slacker!  In time...in time...

 

Cheez-It Crusted Apple Pie

Crust

Inspired by Pretty Prudent

 

½ cup Cheez-It Crackers, crushed

1 ½ tablespoons butter

 

Apple Filling

1 granny smith apple, peeled & thinly sliced

2 tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/16 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon spiced rum

1 teaspoon flour

 

Cheez-It Crumble Topping

¼ cup Cheez-It Crackers, crushed

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 ½ tablespoon cold butter

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix together the crushed crackers and butter, press into a mini pie plate and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the filling ingredients.  Pour the filling into the par-cooked crust.

Mix together the crumble ingredients and place on top of the filling.

 

Bake for 30-45 minute or until the fling is bubbly and crust is browned.  Cool before serving.

 


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