Sunday, October 7, 2012

Apple Pie with Apple Cinnamon Cheerio and Brown Butter Crust - CrazyCooking Challenge

Welcome to another Crazy Cooking Challenge! This month the theme was Apple Pie! Just in time for (Canadian) Thanksgiving! So Happy Thanksgiving!

For this recipe I wasn't in the mood to make a pie crust so I had to think of something else that I could use instead. I had apple cinnamon Cheerios on hand so I tried to make a crust out of those, and I was pretty happy with the result! As for the filling of this pie, I made it the way I usually make any apple filling by using sugar and spices. And I used a mixture of apples that weren't being eaten here.

Brown Butter
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Use whatever apples you have.

Ready to go into the oven.

Apple Pie with Apple Cinnamon Cheerio and Brown Butter Crust
8 Servings | PointsPlus per Serving: 7

2 1/2 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/4 cup salted caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 8x8 glass dish with parchment.

Use a food processor to crush your cheerios, then dump them into a bowl.

Place the butter over medium high heat until it starts to bubble, foam and turn brown (see the image above). Pour the butter into the crushed cheerios and mix until well combined and crumbly.

Put the crust mixture into the prepared pan and press it down evenly. You can go up the sides a little too. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, combine the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and corn starch. When the crust comes out of the oven, evenly place the apple mixture on top. Bake this for 20 minutes, then sprinkle on the turbinado sugar and bake for another 10 minutes. Your pie should be bubbling after 30 minutes and the apples should be soft.

Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before pouring on the caramel. Serve warm or let it cool completely.


  1. I love your crust idea. Those are tasty Cheerios but to put them into a crust is pure genius.

    I'm #27 on the list.

  2. I can only imagine that your crust must be crispy with the Cheerios.

  3. Great idea for the crust! This type of crust I may actually make (I usually buy my pie crust pre-made). Pinning.

  4. Cheerios? What a fantastic idea! Great CCC recipe! I'm #17 :)

  5. What a great crust idea. It looks so tasty!

  6. What a unique crust! I could never resist an apple pie drizzled with caramel sauce...mmmmmm.

  7. The cherio crust intrigued me. It looks great and would probably appeal to the kids since they are familiar with the cereal flavors.

    I'm #29 CCC.

  8. Yum, the apples look yummy piled up there! I may have to try this.

  9. You made a crust out of Cheerios? How ingenious! It looks fantastic. Great job!

  10. I never would've thought to use Cheerios like this!

  11. This looks good! I might try it with Apple Cinnamon Chex so I can make it gluten free. Thanks for sharing! #32