Perfect Pie Crust

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In small bowl, beat egg, vinegar and water together; slowly add to flour mixture while tossing with fork until just moistened. Do not over mix. Shape into 2 balls, and flatten. Wrap each with plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Rolls

Preheat oven to 375°F. Unroll and flatten crescent roll dough onto lightly floured work surface; brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Starting from long side, roll up lengthwise. Pinch seam together, and cut crosswise into 20 miniature cinnamon rolls. Arrange on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Set aside.

To Assemble Pie

Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare and roll out each pastry, and line to fit two 9-inch pie pans, crimping and trimming edges. Spread 1 cup raisins evenly in bottom of each; set aside.

In medium mixing bowl, combine beaten egg, sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla and food color; mix until well blended. In medium saucepan, heat milk over medium heat, until hot but not boiling. Slowly stir egg mixture into hot milk, whisking constantly, until blended well. Divide and turn one-half filling into each of the prepared pie shells; arrange 10 miniature cinnamon rolls on top of each. Bake at 425°F for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until sharp knife inserted into center of custard comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool and chill.

Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

Just before serving, in small bowl, combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and butter; stir until smooth. Pipe on top of cinnamon rolls using one-half on each pie. Cut each pie into 8 pieces and serve.

Note: Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening preferred.

Ingredients

Perfect Pie Crust

  • 3 Cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening*, chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon ice water

Procedure

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 Package (4 ounces) refrigerated butter-flavor or original crescent roll dough
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon-sugar

Raisin Custard Filling

  • 2 Cups California raisins, divided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 drops yellow food color (optional)
  • 21/2 Cups whole milk

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • 1 Package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 450 (Calories from Fat 42%); Total Fat 21 ( Saturated Fat 7; Trans Fat 2; ); Cholesterol 70; Sodium 280; Potassium 264; Total Carbohydrate 58; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 34; Protein 7; Calcium 81; Iron 2;

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