Monday, March 26, 2012

Milk Bar Mondays – Cinnamon Bun Pie

I sit on pins and needles for 13 days between our Milk Bar Mondays posts.  I am shamelessly and inexplicably in love with this cookbook.  I have loved everything about it so far.  It is challenging me.  Which, in turn, is humbling me.  This woman is the superwoman of baking and I can only dream of emulating her imagination with these recipes.

Seriously – she turned cinnamon rolls into a pie, people.  And she topped it with streusel, which I can eat like candy.  She knows her stuff.

The beautiful mixins’ for the streusel topping.

Now the crust is not really a pie crust.  It uses what she refers to as Mother Dough, and it’s the base of all of the bread recipes in the book.  It uses yeast.  It’s a recipe to master.  And I’m fairly certain that I did not master it with this pie.  The dough recipe actually really frustrated me at times during this process but fear not, the mother dough will not defeat me.

Oh, and the liquid cheesecake shows up again here.  It might as well be called liquid gold.  It’s so creamy and vanilla-y and a perfect combination for these flavors.  I never imagined that we would use it as a pie filling.  But we did and I wish I could share a slice of this with all of you, my friends.

But since none of you are my neighbors, the next best thing I can offer is the recipe.  Check it out on Erin’s site, Big Fat Baker.

And follow our Milk Bar Monday happenings on Twitter! #milkbarmondays

And check out the other posts here:

Audra of The Baker Chick
Jacqueline of The Dusty Baker
Krissy of Krissy’s Creations
Meagan of Scarletta Bakes
Nicole of Sweet Peony Blog
And our newest member, Averie of Averie Cooks


52 Responses to “Milk Bar Mondays – Cinnamon Bun Pie”

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    Kathryn — March 26, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    This is such an inventive dish, I’ve really enjoyed seeing you all tackle these recipes. I love the idea of that filling!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 26, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    This sounds delicious. When I read cinnamon bun pie, I thought how silly is it to turn a wonderfully fluffy thing into something that has traditional crust (I’m a crust hater). So it’s nice to find out it has dough as the crust. Why was it so frustrating? Was it sticky? It looks wonderful! 🙂

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    Cookbook Queen — March 26, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    This is magical, I need that cookbook in my life!! Love your Milk Bar Monday posts!!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 26, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    What! Cinnamon bun pie?! That looks awesome!! I think I might break down and buy this book next pay day!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 26, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    woah, this is crazy but I’d definitely take a large slice of this. i can’t believe there’s a cinnamon bun PIE..that’s so out of this world. the filling sounds SOO good. looks amazing, Cassie. you did a great job, even if the dough was frustrating!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 26, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Sounds absolutely heavenly! Milk Bar Monday’s RULE!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 26, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Can I hug you? That’s not weird is it? Way to go on the tackling of the dough, me and yeast have a long and tortured history together… so when you can master it, you’ve won an epic battle. This looks wonderful, Cassie. 🙂 Wonderful.

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    Erin — March 26, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I finally ordered this cookbook but haven’t had the chance to bake form it yet, I can’t wait!

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    Jenny Flake — March 26, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Fabulous Cassie!!

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    Audra@the-baker-chick — March 26, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I am so glad you didn’t let that dough defeat you Cassie!! Your pie turned out beautifully, and yes- liquid cheesecake should really be called liquid gold! 🙂

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    DessertForTwo — March 26, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Come to mama!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 26, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Good lord, Cassie! This looks divine. I definitely would have no problem devouring this whole darn thing for breakfast. Great recipe!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 26, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    this sounds so so so delicious! + you will master the mother dough next time. i just know it! =)

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    Tracey — March 26, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I requested this cookbook from my library after seeing a few of your posts – can’t wait to get it!! The pie looks insanely good, I love cinnamon buns in all forms 🙂

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 26, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    It’s awesome being in this group with you and your pie looks fabulous! The crumble topping is just perfect. I love crumble topping and yours is just calling my name 🙂

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    Cookin' Cowgirl — March 26, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    So cool!! This looks fabulous! I don’t really like cinnamon rolls, so this would be perfect for me!! I don’t think I understand the Milk Bar Monday’s thing….you’ll have to fill me in!

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    Baker Street — March 26, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    OH MY! Cinnamon bun + Pie?! Really! This sounds insanely delicious Cassie!

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    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — March 26, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Ahhh I’m scared to try that dough! I’m sorry I missed out on this pie… it looks amazing! I love your photos & that you overcame the dough! Ps* I’m totally calling it liquid gold from now on 🙂

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    BigFatBaker — March 26, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Your pie turned out gorgeous, Cassie! I agree..liquid cheesecake = liquid gold. I think we have used it in most of our recipes so far too! The mother dough was a bit frustrating for me as well…it didn’t rise as much as I would have liked even after an hour.

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — March 26, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    That is a really clever idea! I too am loving Milk Bar Mondays!!

  21. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 26, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Need this now! Holy deliciousness!

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — March 26, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing pie! I’m intrigued by the liquid cheesecake! I’ll take a glass 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 26, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Wow – cinnamon rolls in a pie form. That is genius!

  24. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — March 26, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I definitely need to order this book! I love Milk Bar Mondays series you all are doing and this is another amazing recipe!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    A cinnamon bun pie with a the “mother dough,” “liquid gold” and a streusel topping? Man I need to get my hands on this book!

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    Lauren — March 26, 2012 @ 4:13 pm


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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — March 26, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    I love a streusel topping and this looks fantastic! beautiful job to you and Erin!

  28. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — March 26, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    YOur Milk Bar posts continue to blow me away! I get scared of some yeast-y things too, but it looks to me like you nailed it!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 26, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    This recipe is following me tonight as I catch up on posts from the day and I’m now officially drooling as I go to bed. Cinnamon rolls in pie form…it seriously doesn’t get better than that!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — March 26, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Oh yum! I love this take on cinnamon rolls! Such a great idea!

  31. #
    Vicki Bensinger — March 26, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    This is such an interesting pie. I bet it was fun to make. I’ll save this recipe to try sometime. Thank you for sharing.

  32. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 26, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    I so look forward to these posts. That cookbook is on my wish list…and so is this pie!

  33. #
    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — March 27, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    We r neighbores in the blog world, only unfortunately. because I d be urely popping in for your cinnamon bun pie slice and coffee with u. what that in the 5th picture?

  34. #
    Ramona — March 27, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    Cinnamon Bun meets pie. Brilliant! What can I do for a slice? 🙂

  35. #
    Deborah — March 27, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I. am. in. love!!

  36. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — March 27, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Seriously. Genius.

  37. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — March 27, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    YUM! seriously Cassie – double YUM!

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    Magic of Spice — March 27, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Oh my goodness, what a heavenly creation! That must be some book…this is amazing!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — March 27, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Oh Cassie….this looks scrumptious. I love reworking recipes into other recipes like cinnamon buns into a pie! Your crust turned out well! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve held this book in my hands. I think it’s worth buying it for the liquid cheesecake alone! Loving your Milkbar Mondays! : )

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    Katherine Martinelli — March 27, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Wow, this looks like one incredible creation!!! Sounds like a lot of work, but well worth it.

  41. #
    Kelli — March 27, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I’m craving cinnamon rolls now.. These look AMAZING! 🙂

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    Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} — March 27, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Cassie!!! This pie…I NEED IT!!! Gorgeous just gorgeous!!!

  43. #
    Reeni — March 27, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    This is a thing of beauty! I love everything about it! I’m swooning over here.

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    Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker — March 27, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Hey lady! Yeah, I didn’t master the mother dough either… my gluten-free version came out a bit chewy. But the filling – oh, the filling! Liquid gold indeed! I’m also in LOVE with this cookbook and can’t wait for the next one!

    Yours looks quite awesome – can only imagine how it tasted!

  45. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — March 27, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    I am really liking this wonderful Milky bar mondays….
    I so need this book by Momofuku….

    This really looks WOW!!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 28, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Oh maw gawsh. This looks divine!

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    Maggie — March 28, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    I just got my Milk Bar cookbook in the mail and I am chomping at the bit to cook every single thing in it! I love reading all your Milk Bar Monday posts and always look forward to Monday! This is beautiful and I bet it was even more delicious!


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