Monday, November 25, 2013

Puff Pastry Apple Pie w/ Frosted Flakes Crumble

People, this pie needs to go down in history. Because, it`s just so darn good, I still dream about eating it. I`m still stoked at how wonderful this creation came to be. HAHA. But, let me back up a little.

About a month ago, Meriem, of the blog Culinary Couture, invited me to be a guest in their Mystery Dish series for this month! Of course, I will!! A group of bloggers are participating in this virtual mystery dish challenge once a month for a year. Once a month, a pre-selected host will reveal a list of ingredients, and everyone must create a recipe using at least 2-3 of the ingredients. It`s a spin-off of a cooking show called Master Chef.

I simply LOVE this little challenge idea. I was so ecstatic when Meriem asked me to be a guest. You don`t even know. ;) The three ingredients I decided to use were apples, puff pastry, and frosted flakes.

I wanted all 3 of the ingredients to shine. I came up with the idea of making a pie, but using puff pastry instead of the standard pie crust. I did a quick Google search and discovered it has done before (of course...). I know cornflakes are used to crust chicken, french, toast, and etc to add a crunchy texture. Since, Frosted Flakes are basically the same thing, I wanted to use their crunchiness to top the pie.

You can`t even imagine how I felt when I took my first bite of this pie. I was in heaven. Pie heaven. I brought it over to my uncle`s house, since it was one of my not-so-little-anymore cousin`s birthday. He told me to bake him something he`s never tried before. Sure, he`s had apple pie before. Like, those McDonald`s $0.50 ones. But, he`s never had THIS pie. A puff pastry apple pie, topped with a frosted flakes crumble, that is.

Everyone said it was amazing. Then, they suggested I make it for Thanksgiving. Once again, of course!! I can`t say "no" to apple pie. It`s my favoritesttt pie in the world. (Yeah, I know that`s not a word. This pie is so fantastic, it`s making me create words!)

Okay, I`ll stop gushing. Look at all of these creations these bloggers created for their mystery dish challenge this month:

I couldn`t wait to see all of these wonderful creations! Look at all of them! Don`t they look so appetizing?! You can click on each image to check them out. :D

Also, do yourself a wonderful favor and make this pie. How can you resist?

Puff Pastry Apple Pie w/ Frosted Flakes Crumble
Inspired: Food & Wine | Yields: 1 9 inch pie/8 servings| Level: Easy | Total Time: 90 minutes | Print

§  1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
§  5 cups Granny Smith Apples, sliced
§  ¼ cup brown sugar
§  ¼ cup granulated sugar
§  ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
§  dash of nutmeg
§  ¼ cup all purpose flour
§  ¼  teaspoon salt
Frosted Flakes Crumble:
§  1 cup golden brown sugar, packed
§  ¼ cup all purpose flour
§  ¼ cup old fashioned oats
§  ½ cup cold butter, cubed
§  1 cup frosted flakes cereal, crushed

Materials Needed:
-          1 9 inch glass pie pan
-          parchment paper
-          1 large baking sheet
-          1 rolling pin
-          cooking spray
-          1 large bowl
-          1 medium bowl
-          1 rubber spatula
-          1 whisk
-          1 cutting board
-          1 knife
-          1 pastry cutter/fork

1.        Grease bottom and sides of 9 inch pie pan. (Optional: Line bottom pan with parchment paper.)
2.       Preheat oven 400°F.
3.       Roll out your puff pastry sheet. Transfer to pie pan.
4.       Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.
5.       In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt.
6.       Add the apples and use a rubber spatula to toss apples gently around until coated.
7.       Transfer to prepared crust. Chill in fridge while you make topping.
Frosted Flakes Crumble:
8.       In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and oats.
9.       Use a pastry cutter to cut butter into mixture until coarse crumbs form.
10.   Add in half of the crushed frosted flakes and mix slightly.
11.   Remove pie from fridge.
12.   Sprinkle streusel on top of apple filling. Add some crushed frosted flakes.
13.   Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 375°F. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed frosted flakes on top and continue to bake for 30 more minutes, or until top is golden brown.
14.   Allow pie to cool for 25 minutes before serving.