After watching for the umpteenth time the “Dual Spires” episode of ‘Psych‘, I was inspired to search for a recipe for Cinnamon Pie. Shawn and Gus consume about 100 pieces of this pie while investigating a string of murders in the town of Dual Spires. The whole episode is an homage to the old ‘Twin Peaks’ series, which I never watched but Christian used to love. This episode of is really fun, even though I don’t have the ‘Twin Peaks’ background. If you have not yet seen ‘Psych‘ you must do so immediately now!
|A couple of guys with a passion for the truth.
I found that this is a custard-type single-crust pie. Garrison Keillor says that pumpkin pie is merely a vehicle for nutmeg. This pie is just a vehicle for cinnamon! I actually doubled up on the cinnamon after Haley and Logan confirmed my suspicion that the filling did not have enough. The filling is the consistency of water when you pour it into the crust…which made me a little nervous, but it did firm up during baking.
It looks very puffy in the photo at the top, but settled into a thin pie once cooled.
The cinnamon taste was delicious, but for my own preference I think I will bake it longer if I make it again in the future. The consistency when I baked it to the original instructions was a bit liquidy, perhaps somewhat like bread pudding. Not a surprise really with a custard filling, but we here all agreed that if it were more firm we would really love it.
1 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
1/2 tsp salt
3 TB vegetable shortening
3 TB plus 1 tsp butter
2 to 3 TB very cold water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 TB butter, melted
1-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 TB all-purpose flour, unbleached
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash of salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Crust – Mix flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in shortening and butter and blend until the mixture starts to look like small peas. Add in the cold water slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time until the flour mixture is moistened and just starting to pull together. Gather together the dough from the bowl and shape into a flat disc – do this step quickly, don’t handle the dough too long because the butter will start to melt. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and put into the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Filling – Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium saucepan stir together the sugar, beaten egg, butter, and milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Once simmering cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the flour a little at a time until incorporated. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and the cinnamon.
Take the chilled crust dough from the refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness. Transfer rolled out dough to a 10″ glass pie plate and press dough into the plate and up the sides. Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust. Put into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 minutes (or a little longer until filling is firm enough for your liking.) Watch the pie crust for over-browning. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving. Leftover pie should be stored in the fridge.
Cinnamon Pie Lore: In the “Dual Spires” episode of ‘Psych’, the local Sawmill Diner is known for their Cinnamon Pie and “damn fine” cider. In the original ‘Twin Peaks’ series, the town is know for its cherry pie and “damn fine” coffee!
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