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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds Apple Crumble Pie

January 31st, 2018

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds Apple Crumble Pie

Ah, cereal. I cannot think of a more childhood-memory-inducing food category – we all have our favourite youthful addictions, and one of mine was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. So, you can imagine my excitement when I received in the mail a hefty box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds, a new cereal from General Mills consisting of bite-sized shredded wheats, “blasted” with a delicious coating of powdered cinnamon sugar. Between snacking on handfuls and enjoying bowlsful with milk for breakfast, I managed to save some of these crunchy delights for the topping of an apple crumble pie. The shredded wheat adds a perfect crispy texture to the crumble topping – thanks, General Mills!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds Apple Crumble Pie
makes one 9″ pie

CRUST
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
3 tbsp ice water (more if necessary)
1 tbsp vodka
1/2 tsp vinegar

Mix together the flours, salt, and sugar.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until there are small, pea-sized pieces blended into the flour, then mix gently with fingertips into a coarse meal.
Mix together the water, vodka and vinegar.
Drizzle the water mixture over the flour, teaspoon by teaspoon, and stir with a fork until clumps form and the dough can be gathered into a ball. Flatten dough into a disk, wrap in cling wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F while you prepare the other components.
When the oven is preheated and the filling and topping have been prepared, roll the dough evenly into a 12″ round. Carefully transfer into a 9″ pie plate.
Trim the overhang to 1/2″ outside the pie dish, and crimp the edges.

FILLING
4 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4″ thick
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Combine the dry ingredients, and mix in the apples. Fill the pie crust with apples, mounding them gently in the center of the pie.

TOPPING
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter, cut in 1/2″ cubes
3/4 cup crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it is well blended.
Mix in the crushed cereal.
Cover the apples with the crumble topping.

Bake the pie for 40 minutes at 400F, keeping an eye on the topping to make sure it doesn’t get too dark – and covering lightly with foil if it does.
Reduce tempurature to 350F, and bake for another 45 minutes.
Let cool until warm, and serve.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds Apple Crumble Pie

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds Apple Crumble Pie

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3 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    Why do you use vodka? Also, with that amount of sugar, is this a sweet pie or a little on the tart side? I ask, because I prefer apple pie that isn’t too sweet.

    • heironymuse says:

      Hi Karen – those are some great questions!

      The vodka is used by many people as a way to prevent gluten development from working the flour, and create a flakier crust. However, you could just use water instead.

      Whether the pie is sweet or tart depends on the kind of apples you use – some people love using granny smith apples for the tartness they provide. If you prefer less sweetness but are not a fan of tartness either, you could use royal gala apples and cut the sugar in the filling to 1/2 cup.

      Lastly to your question below – you might be able to find Cinnamon Toast Crunch Instant Oatmeal, which I believe is exclusive to Canada! A disclaimer though – I haven’t tried this. If you do, let me know how it works!

  2. Karen says:

    I have one more question. I don’t think that Cinnamon Toast Crunch Blasted Shreds are available in Canada. Can you suggest a substitution?

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