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.  I will even show you how to make that pretty lattice top too!

We recently went apple picking which is the best way to  get some of the freshest apples available, to make this family recipe. Want to  know more about our apple picking adventure? Check out A is for Apple PickingToday I will be making my families homemade apple pie recipe. First thing that you want to do is preheat oven to 425 degrees. While you waiting this is perfect time to wash, core and slice your apples into wedges. I prefer to remove the skin after, but if it is easier for you to peel them whole and then slice feel free to do it that way. I also prefer to use a mix of apples, usually half granny smith and half red delicious. Sometimes, I 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 much like a granny smith. 

Once you have you apples cleaned and cut place them into a large mixing bowl and coat evenly with orange juice. You can use lemon juice, but I personally like the flavor that the orange juice gives to the pie. Add in your mixture of sugar, flour, and spices. Toss the apple to coat evenly. 

I love using fresh spices, but specifically fresh nutmeg. It makes anything and everything taste fantastic!!! I purchased the whole nutmeg pods and grate my own fresh with this handy dandy microplane. 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. Either way  just make sure to butter your pie pan prior placing your crust into the pie pan. 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.    

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. 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 loved sharp cheddar cheese on his apple pie…… it’s a southern thing. Which in turn be came a family tradition 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 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 it. Besides you can always melt a piece on top after the fact if you decided you want to try it, which I highly recommend. 

THE GROCERY LIST:

  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.

 

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  60. My spouse and I ended up making an apple pie for the holidays, so I had the opportunity to add the cheese to the top of my piece, and I have to say it was pretty good. It is more of a savory flavor, not so sweet like when you add ice cream. I actually did like it, and I am shocked at how good it is.

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  64. I made this pie for my small group after church this Sunday, I even decide to add a small amount of the cheese to the top it just looked so good in the picture. It reminded me of a cheese straw which I love and so did the group. Thanks,from all of us.

  65. My grandaddy used to do this with the cheese too! How funny I have never seen anyone else do it but him, and I will admit it is good, but I still like the ice cream. 😉

  66. I have heard of this kind of kooky tradition I think my family would disown me if I messed with the ala mode option they are ice cream fans. No conversion here, but great recipe, and really reply crust.

  67. Wow thank you for illustrating the lattice top, I have always wanted to make a pie with a pretty top like that and it was really simple. I guess I was hesitant for no reason.

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  70. The next time I read a weblog on Apple Pie , I will always be reminded of you addition for Cheddar Cheese. It seems weird but i am pretty sure my grandpa ea t his pie that way too. So yeah it is a southern thing for sure.

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  77. Interesting idea to add cheese I will have to try it. Thank you for the lattice top tutorial I always wondered how to do it, and you made it look so easy!

  78. 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.

  79. 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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  84. 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.

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  86. Interesting idea, I might tryout out next time I have a apple pie.

  87. 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!

  88. 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.

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

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  92. 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.

  93. 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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  95. 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.

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  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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!

  103. 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!

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

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

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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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  115. 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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  117. 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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  118. I’ve always heard that cheddar goes well with apples – but I’ve never tried it. Going to have to give it a shot.

  119. 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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