Apple Pie ala Cheddar

Posted by Lindsey On 10:30 AM

As I was growing up whenever we would have apple pie my dad would always get sharp cheddar cheese and cut up a piece and put it onto of his pie slice and melt it in the microwave for a few seconds, I always thought it was kind of weird, until I actually tried it. This combo is seriously fantastic together. I am going to my friend Kathy's house tomorrow to work on a school project and I asked her what she would like for me to bake for her and she said something with apples, and she told me she also loves the cheddar cheese on top. I got excited because I have been wanting to try this recipe. The cheddar is actually in the pie dough! I was smart and made myself a mini hand pie to actually try it before I served it to her. It is very good. The crust is flaky and buttery and the apples have a great cinnamon and ginger taste.

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Cheddar Crusted Apple Pie
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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup (3 ounces) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup ice water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces

10 cup very thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 2 3/4 pounds)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash of salt
Cooking spray
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1 tablespoon flour and cheese in a small bowl; toss well. Place mixture in freezer for 10 minutes.

Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup ice water in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese mixture. Add slurry; toss with a fork. Sprinkle surface with up to 1 tablespoon ice water, tossing with a fork until moist and crumbly (do not form a ball). Mixture will seem slightly dry.

Divide dough in half. Gently press each half into a 4-inch circle on 2 sheets of overlapping heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with 2 additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll each dough half, still covered, into a 12-inch circle. Chill 30 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.

To prepare filling, combine apple and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 3 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and next 5 ingredients (brown sugar through dash of salt) in a small bowl. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over apples; toss well to coat.

To assemble pie, remove top sheets of plastic wrap from 1 dough circle; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray, letting dough extend over edge of plate. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Spoon filling into crust. Brush edges of crust lightly with water. Remove top sheets of plastic wrap from remaining dough circle; place, plastic wrap side up, on apple mixture. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Press edges of dough together; fold edges under, and flute. Cut 3 (1-inch) slits in top of pastry using a sharp knife.

Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water; brush over top and edges of pie. Place pie on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 45 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

4 Response to "Apple Pie ala Cheddar"

  1. Melissa Said,

    you know...with the cheddar in the crust it doesn't seem as scary.


  2. Chris Said,

    I have ALWAYS wanted to try this combination. What's not to love? I love cheese, I love apple pie... This looks great - I'll have to make some soon!


  3. Terri Said,

    My mom used to eat apple pie with a slice of cheddar melted on top. This sounds even better.


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