Cheddar Cheese Crust Apple Pie
Nothing beats a warm apple pie straight from the oven on a crisp autumn day. Today I will even show you how to make that pretty lattice top too!
We recently went apple picking which is the best ways to get some of the freshest apples available in the fall. Which is perfect to make this homemade family recipe. Do you want to know more about our apple picking adventure? You can check it all out at our A is for Apple Picking post. Today I will be making my families homemade apple pie recipe. First thing that you want to do is preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While you are waiting on the oven to warm up, this is perfect time to wash, core and slice your apples into wedges. I personally prefer to remove the skin after slicing, but if you find it is easier to pre peel them whole and then slice, feel free to do it that way. I always like to use a mix of apples in my pies, which usually consists of half Granny Smith and half Red Delicious. Sometimes, I have been known to use Pink Ladies, if they are available, in place of the Red Delicious, just to mix things up a little. Pink Ladies have a nice tart quality, very much like a Granny Smith apple, in case you have not been blessed enough to try to them out. Now that you have you apples cleaned and cut in to slices, place them into a large mixing bowl. Then you will coat evenly with 1/4 of cup of orange juice. You can also use lemon juice, but I personally like the flavor that the orange juice gives to the pie. Then add in your mixture of sugar, flour, and spices. Toss the apples and make sure to coat them all evenly.
I love using fresh spices, but for this recipe specifically fresh nutmeg is key. I find that using fresh nutmeg this time of year just makes everything taste fantastic!!! For this reason, I purchased whole nutmeg pods and grate my own fresh with this handy dandy microplane. I swear that it really does make a noticeable difference, in all you recipes.
Once you have coated your apples completely, pour them into your pie shell. At this point, you can either make your own pie crust, or you can use a store bought crust. Either way just make sure to butter your pie pan prior placing your crust into the pie pan. I used a pre-purchased pie crust kit which comes with 2 pie shells, so I have one left over to create the lattice top. For a lattice top crust you will want to cut your second pie crust into even strips, as seen above. I high recommend a lattice top for proper steam venting of the pie. Plus they are so pretty, and it will totally impress your family. For the longest time my family thought it was a store bought pie which is why I started to add the cheese, to make it custom, lol. The first step to creating a lattice top is taking every other strip and laying it out across the pie, as seen in the picture above. Next you will fold back strips # 1, 3, & 5 , then place a new strip perpendicular over strips #2 & 4 on your pie. Replace strips 1, 3, & 5 back across your newly placed perpendicular strip on the pie. Repeat the process alternating the strips for each layer.Then press your edges together to make a seal around the edges. It should look like this, hopefully. Now here is where I go off the map….. my father always loved a slice of sharp cheddar cheese melted on his apple pie, which is totally a southern thing, that became out family tradition. So, I decided when I am making the pie I either add cheddar cheese into my homemade crust (similar to a cheese straw) or if I am using a pre-done pie crust I sprinkle it on top before baking. If you are just not sure about the whole cheese thing you can totally omit this step in the process, but I do recommend you try it at some point. You can always melt a piece on top after the fact if you decided you want to try it.
Cheddar Cheese Crust Apple Pie
A southern delight imagine a cheese straw style crust with a traditional apple pie filling.
- 4 Granny Smith Apples Cored, Sliced
- 4 Pink Lady Apples Cored, Sliced
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3 Tbls Flour
- 1/4 cup Orange Juice could substitute lemon juice
- 1/4 Tbls Nutmeg fresh ground
- 1 1/2 Tbls Cinnamon ground
- 2 rolls Pre-Made Refrigerated Pie Crust (you can make your own)
- 1 Tbls Butter to grease pie pan
- 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Grease pie pan with butter and place the bottom crust in your pie pan.
Toss cored apple slices with orange juice, both sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust (see tutorial pictures in post above) Sprinkle with finely shredded cheddar cheese. (The cheese is optional so you can leave it off at this point.)
Bake at 425 degrees 45-60 minutes, until apples are soft. Allow to cool before serving.
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