Friday, October 26, 2018

Cinnamon Pie for “Psych-Os”


With the exception of baseball and British crime shows, I don’t watch a lot of television. Still, it does tend to run in the background when I’m cooking, working on various projects, or those rare moments when I clean. Because, during these times, I’m not paying close attention, I tend to have things on that I’ve seen in the past. Marathons are good for this. Recently I was watching a “Psych” marathon on the Hallmark Channel. I’ve seen every episode a number of times, and it’s mindless fun…or, perhaps, fun for the mindless.
Source: USA Network
One of the episodes is called “Dual Spires,” a clever take on the enigmatic “Twin Peaks. In this episode psychic detective, Shawn Spencer, and his sidekick, Burton Guster (Gus), spend a lot of time eating pie, cinnamon pie in particular. This intrigued me because I had never heard of cinnamon pie, and I wasn’t alone.

This pie is for all of you “Psych” fans (“Psych-Os”) who haven’t been able to find such a recipe. It’s based upon my mother’s cheese pie that she made and served so often when I was a little girl. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.
Cinnamon Pie for “Psych-Os”

For crust:
12 whole graham crackers
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
6 tbls. unsalted butter, melted

For Filling:
12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-1/2 tbls. ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
Powdered sugar for dusting
Whipped cream for garnishing

For the graham cracker crust:

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon. With motor running, poor melted butter in through the top, and allow it to run until all is combined. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before filling. Leave oven on.

For the filling:

Place the cream cheese, granulated sugar, extracts, cinnamon, and eggs in a medium bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake until set, 25 to 35 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into the center of the pie and remove it cleanly. Let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve it slightly warm or cool.

Dust the top of the pie with powdered sugar. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Another crowd-pleasing pie that makes good use of graham cracker crust is this Lemon Cloud Pie with Lemony Graham Cracker Crust.



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6 comments:

Linda said...

Looks good, especially that texture! I was expecting to find a chess-ish recipe, but the cream cheese sounds like a good alternative to the cinnamon pie recipes I see with buttermilk. I've not tried cinnamon extract but it is now on my grocery list!

bj said...

hmmm...I will take your word for it, Patti...I love cinnamon every thing else but never even heard of the pie. I am going to make your Lemon pie to take to our home fellowship, tho.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Both of those pies look great - but I have to say I am partial to lemon - in fact I just made some mini lemon cheesecakes today for my son's birthday get-together! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for a visit and your kind comment too. I would love to see some of your furniture painting as well :)



Lazy Gastronome said...

I love cinnamon and this pie looks incredible! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a fantastic week.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love cinnamon and this pie sounds like a winner!

Rustown Mom said...

I printed this one off today and plan to make it on Sunday for my son for his birthday! Sounds perfect (: