Cheddar Cheese Crust Apple Pie

Cheddar Cheese Crust Apple Pie

Nothing beats a warm apple pie straight from the oven on a crisp autumn day.  

We recently we apple picking in order to get some of the freshest apples available to make this family recipe. Want to  know more about our apple picking adventure? (click here for link) Today I will be making my families apple pie recipe. First you want to Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Then wash, core and slice your apples into wedges. I refer to remove the skin after, but if it is easier feel free to peel them whole then slice. I like to use a mix of apples half granny smith and today, half red delicious. Sometimes I use pink ladies if they are available in place of the red delicious.  

Next place your apples into a large mixing bowl and coat with orange juice. You can use lemon juice but I personally like the flavor the orange juice gives the pie. Add in your sugar, flour, and spices then toss the apple to coat evenly. 

I love using fresh spices and fresh nutmeg when your make anything is fantastic!!! I purchase the actual nutmeg pods and grate my own fresh with this handy microplane available at Williams Sonoma. I swear to you that it really does make a noticeable difference.  

Once you have coated the apples, pour into your pie shell. You can either make your own pie crust or you can use a store bought crust just make sure to butter your pie pan prior place the dough into the pan. Next you will want to cut your second pie crust into even strips to create a lattice top. I high recommend a lattice top for proper steam venting of the pie. Plus they are so pretty and will impress you family.    

The first step to creating a lattice top is taking every other strip and laying it out across the pies like the picture above. 

Next you fold back strips 1, 3, & 5 that your placed on the pie like the picture above. Then starting from the outside edge of your raining crust, place the strip over 2 & 4 on your pie. Replace strip 1, 3, & 5 back across your pie. Then fold back strips 2& 4, take the next section of your remaining crust and cover strips 1, 3, & 5 on your pie. Replace 2 & 4 back across pie continue this process until your reach the end and run out of  crust. Then press your edges together to make a seal around the edges. It should look like this. 

Now here is where I go off the map….. my father loved sharp cheddar cheese on his apple pie…… it’s a southern thing. Which in turn be came a family thing, to melt a piece of sharp cheddar cheese on top of your apple pie. I decided if I am making the pie to either add cheddar cheese into my crust 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 omit it, but you can always melt a piece on top after the fact if you want to try it. 


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pie pan.
  3. Toss cored apple slices with orange juice, both sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. (see pictures) Sprinkle with finely shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees  45-60  minutes, until apples are soft.



  1. Hmmmmmm I don’t know about this one…… The pie looks good, the comments state it taste great…… I just do not know, maybe I will try a piece that way before I commit to a whole pie.

  2. I would have never thought to do this to an apple pie, but it seems it is more common than I realized, hmmm you learn something everyday…..

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  5. An attention-grabbing dialogue is worth comment. I believe that you must write more on this subject, it won’t be a taboo topic to put cheese on pie, however generally people are excited to talk on such topics. Cheers To the next post.

  6. I found your weblog website on google and reviewed a couple of of your early posts. This one caught me eye, it a fresh new take on a old retro recipe. While other may feel adding cheese is gauche, it a very classic combo meant for a refined pallet, only children eat ice cream on pie. Added your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Looking for ahead to studying more from you afterward!?

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  8. Ok your pie is beautiful however you lost me at cheese on top, where did you come up with that idea? I will stick to ice cream.

  9. Here is good old rocky top we do this all the time. It is just a little bit of orange on our pies too, since we are orange through in through. Go UT!

  10. My grandfather used to do this all the time, it was a staple like cornbread in buttermilk. Some southern traditions never die. I will have to try this again now that I am older, as a kid I always wanted ice cream on top.

  11. I have never heard of putting cheese on apple pie, but I figure you only live once so high as well try it right?

  12. You’re the one doing a really great job. Enjoy the rest of the year. Thanks for all of your hard work on this website.

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  14. There is noticeably a bundle to know about you through this blog. Clearly you are a southern girl, as this recipe is as southern as grits. Do you have a good homemade grit recipe? If you do you should share it, I think it would be well received. God bless.

  15. I run a bakery and I am thinking about doing a cheddar cheese crust for a set of my apple pies. I was researching the topic and came across your post. Of course I have also read all the comments to get a feel for the climate on this idea. It seems so far people are mixed on whether to like it or hate it. I think I will continue with my plan to add it to the list, as I have many clients with refined taste buds that will appreciate this unique application.

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  17. Ok I have heard of this urban legion but actually experienced it. I must try it now, and I really like hoe you used finally shredded cheese to coat the lattice crust.

  18. Very nice post, can’t wait to make and try. I actually really love this website, keep on it, good job.

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  20. Ok it might sound weird but I tried it and it is not! It is actually really good, more to the savor side and it cuts the sweet, like when you eat sweet and salty.

  21. Blimey that’s what my grandmother used to do. I forgot all about it until I read your post. I am not having inspiration stirring in the baking department. Thank You, sending you my best regards.

  22. Well doesn’t this sound like goodness in a pie pan. I will have to try the cheese, I must admit it ;s not the first thing I would think to put on apple pie but it worth a shot I trust you.

  23. I am reading all these comments about the cheese. I was just trying to see what the rest of the readers were thinking. Yes the pie is pretty, I agree, but I am just unsure of the cheese. I like one readers idea about trying it on one piece just in case, but all in all everyone seems to think it is a go. So I am in, bring on the cheese.

  24. Pretty lattice top pie! I am so glad you showed how to create that I have always wondered. You made it look easy with pre done pie crust so I think I will give it a try. Thanks for inspiring!

  25. Ummmmm this looks so delicious, and I have tried cheese on apple pie before. In fact it is a cutting edge culinary treat, some the most famous chef’s offer a Cheddar Cheese Crust, which is made like a cheese straw, which I sure most people have had before. This is a much simpler way to make ti semi homemade. Love it!

  26. Last post then I have to go get the kiddos…. You lattice top pie is beautiful. Thanks for showing the details on how to make it look that way.

  27. What a pretty apple pie! Thank you for teaching how to make a lattice crust top, you make it look easy. I am now willing to give it a try.

  28. There is nothing more American than apple pie, but you threw me a curve ball with that cheese. I must say I like apples and cheese together but I never thought about cheese on pie, I might just have to try it. Like the lady below said, melt it on a single piece before I commit to the whole pie.

  29. I love me some apple pie but I am unsure of the cheese crust. I bet it is really good, but my family is sooooooooo picky. I am afraid it would rock their world if I strayed from the normal scoop of ice cream.

  30. Oh yummy this sounds so good. I actually like the combo of a stout cheese and apples together. I guess it is more for a refined palette, like us southern girls.

  31. My mother used to add cheese to her apple pie too. I have not though about that in years, thanks for memory.

  32. I would have never thought to put cheese on a apple pie, but it is really good. While I did not make mine, I purchased one for dessert last night. We I reheated my piece I decided to try you idea and it was tasty.

  33. I hear ya on the cheddar cheese, you know I grew up in the south too, and it’s just what you do. Apples and cheese people, they go together like pork skins and PBR.

  34. Apple pie is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to try the cheese on top. Although I have never done this before, it sounds good. Also you lattice top crust turned out very pretty, good job.

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  36. Very interesting recipe, I have never tried Cheddar Cheese on Apple pie but I will give it go. Thank you for posting. “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.” by Pearl Bailey.

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  38. Whats up girl? This is an awesome post, I too like cheese on apple pie…. no worries girl it’s a southern thing……kinda like good grits. Some people just won’t get it!
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  39. I’m a little apprehensive about the cheddar cheese crust, but I know some sweet and savory combinations that work out pretty well. My boyfriend LOVES apple pie, so maybe we can give this a try for something new.

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