Cheddar Cheese + Apple Pie


I recently asked the Prudent Mamas on facebook if I should put cheddar cheese on my apple pie. The answers ranged from “duh, of course!” to “what the ?”

I’d never had my apple pie with cheddar cheese before, but I had often seen it offered, especially on travels to the midwest and the northeast. That night I was feeling indecisive, so I made two small rustic apple pies and enjoyed one with whip cream, and one with cheddar cheese.

Get the Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie verdict and recipe after the jump, and let us know what you think about cheese on pie in the comments for your chance to win this week’s surprise prize – that awesome yard of whale fabric.

The Verdict: Cheddar Cheese + Apple Pie = OH YES!

Here’s my go-to apple pie recipe.

This makes 2 small rustic apple pies or one regular pie.

For the Crust (you can just buy a pre-made crust, but it’s so easy to make)
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter
4 tablespoons ice water

Directions
Mix the first 3 ingredients in a food processor. Cut a cold stick of butter into cubes. Pulse until you have a meal with bits no bigger then small peas. Add ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until dough comes together. Smoosh into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Remove, split into two sections, and roll each out into a general circle.

For the Filling
Ingredients
5 medium apples peeled, cored, and sliced
1.5 tablespoons apple pie spice (cinammon, nutmeg, and allspice, but I keep the pre-mixed apple pie spice on hand because i love apple pie so much)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons water

Directions
Mix all of that stuff together. Now you have your filling. Place your circle of crust on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Pile the filling in the center. Fold the edges of the crust over the filling. Brush the crust with melted butter and leave a small pat of butter on top of the filling in the center. Sprinkle the whole thing with sugar (turbanado sugar works nicely). Bake 15-20 minutes at 375, until it’s almost done. Open the oven and put a slice of sharp cheddar cheese on top. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until the pie is done and the cheese is all melty.

It doesn’t taste super cheesy – it’s just that perfect balance of salty and sweet. Even tiny plastic cows love it. Umm, so good, I think I have to make another tonight.

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61 Comments

Melissa

While growing up in Maine, my mom told me how her grandfather always had a slice of cheddar to go with his apple pie. "Gross!" I thought. It took me a few years of growing up to appreciate it, but I must admit it is good with a sharp cheese. I've never seen it baked on top only as a side to go with your pie. I also love that it's sort of a old family recipe passed down from my great grandfather, just makes it that much more special. But who really needs to make apple pie any more special?

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mrs.pabody

Well, I confess that I do love cheese with almost anything, and as a dear friend often told me,
"Apple pie without some cheese
Is like a kiss without a squeeze!"

I think I'll use your embroidery ideas and put that on my kitchen wall….. ;)

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KtLizbet

LOVE Cheese on my apple pie, but I have never baked it on, I always just put a cold piece on top… I think I'm going to have to make me an apple pie today. It's -45 with the windchill where I live so Running the oven is an added bonus ;-D

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Brianne Burke

Every Thanksgiving we have apple pie and every Thanksgiving, without fail, my Dad says, "you know what this is missing? Cheddar cheese." He then tells a long story to support this that ends with, "they always say apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze." At this point I am not sure if it is a running joke or he forgets that he has been telling us the same story for at least 20 years! I can't wait to make this for him!

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Heather

Apple pie and cheese are both favorites by themselves,so together….sounds like an exceptional marriage. I love food combos like that though, cheese and fruit together in salad, baked brie with fruit compote. Fruit and cheese were made for each other! :)

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Anplica

Apples + Sour cream = YUMMY pie
Apples + Cheddar = hmmmm…

I may have to just try this one out sometime. Maybe. If I can pull myself away from my stand-by sour cream apple pie…

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Rachel

I'm all over it! I've never tried it before, but I will eat almost anything with cheese on it. Now if they could only figure out how to coat prenatal vitamins in cheese. That would really helpful :)

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