I’ve always loved the combination of apple and Cheddar cheese. And, apparently, I’m not the only one. The Little Pie Company of New York City understands this passion. Instead of merely slapping on a slice of cheese, they grate the Cheddar and incorporate it into the crust. This way the Cheddar bits bake and bubble to a golden brown, lending a distinct, robust flavor to the pie. I like to use the sharpest cheese I can find, or as a good friend and fellow cheese lover describes, “the kind that bites you back.”–David Leite
LC A Pie Crust Trick Grandma Should've Taught You Note
We’re about to let you in on a pie crust trick that Grandma should’ve taught you. (And perhaps she did.) When you’re up to your elbows in pastry dough and about to divvy the mound into two—one piece for the top crust, one for the bottom crust—make the portions slightly unequal. Without delving into geometry or algebra or calculus or whatever, suffice it to say, you need a little more surface area for that top crust—especially if you’re the sort of home baker who likes to really mound the apples high in the pie.
Cheddar Crust Apple Pie Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 40 M
- 3 H, 40 M
- Makes 8 servings
- For the cheddar crust
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cake flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, frozen solid, then slightly thawed
- 2 tablespoons lard or vegetable shortening, frozen solid, then slightly thawed
- 1 cup grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar, mixed with 1/3 cup ice water
- For the apple filling
- 6 to 7 large Golden Delicious apples (3 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water for glaze
- Make the Cheddar crust
- 1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the flours and salt. Cut the butter and lard into small pieces, add to the bowl and process 5 seconds. Add the cheese and pulse on and off 2 times to mix.
- 2. With the motor running, pour in enough of the vinegar mixture in a slow, steady stream for the dough to form a ball; process for 10 to 15 seconds.
- 3. Turn out the dough onto work surface. If it appears too dry, work in 1 to 2 more teaspoons water. Shape the dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill at least 2 hours (or overnight) before using.
- Make the apple pie filling
- 4. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- 5. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/16-inch slices. Immediately toss the apple slices in a large bowl with the lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
- 6. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add this mixture to the apple slices and toss gently to coat evenly.
- Assemble the pie
- 7. Divide the dough into 2 unequal pieces, one slightly larger than the other. (The slightly larger piece is for the top crust.) On a lightly floured work surface, roll the smaller piece into a round about 11 inches in diameter. Carefully transfer the dough round to an 8- or 9-inch pie plate and fill with the apple slices. Using your hands, shape the apples into a firmly packed mound slightly higher in the center than at the sides. Dot the apples with butter. Trim the edges of the bottom crust to a 1 1/2-inch overhang.
- 8. Roll out the remaining dough into a 13-inch round, and carefully arrange it over the apple pie filling. Trim the edges of the top crust to a 1 1/2-inch overhang. Fold the top crust under the edge of the bottom crust, press together, and flute decoratively using your thumb and forefinger. Cut three 1 3/4-inch slashes in center of top crust to allow air to escape.
- 9. Bake the pie for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue baking 30 to 40 minutes longer, or until the pastry is golden brown and the juices are bubbling. No more than 10 minutes before the end of baking, brush the Cheddar crust with the egg glaze and sprinkle with sugar.
- 10. Cool the pie on a wire rack until slightly warm or at room temperature before slicing and serving.
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