29 November 2010

apple pie with a cheddar crust

My contribution to this year's Thanksgiving celebration was an apple pie.  Instead of reaching for the store-bought crust as I usually do (confession!), I decided to make this cheesy pie crust from scratch.  If no one has ever told you this before, making a pie crust from scratch is a lot of work!  Geh.  It's all fairly straightforward, but a lot more time-intensive than, say, unrolling a pre-made crust into your pie plate.  I followed this recipe and used these tips for guidance.

Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust
(adapted from here & here)

For crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces (make sure it's cold, I stuck mine in the freezer for a few hours first)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp chedda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
For filling:
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 pounds Granny Smith apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Make the crust (from scratch!)  In a food processor, briefly pulse flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter and cheddar; pulse until mixture is coarse, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Don't overmix.  Actually, I think I may have overmixed but it turned out ok.
  2. Divide dough in two and shape each into a 1-inch thick disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days). 
  3. Once dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a floured piece of parchment paper, roll each disk of dough to a 14-inch round with a floured rolling pin. Transfer one round to a baking sheet for top crust and put back in the refrigerator. Transfer the second crust to a greased 9-inch pie plate.  Brush the bottom crust with egg white to avoid it getting soggy.  (Tip:  Save the egg yolk and remaining egg white for step 5.)
  4. Make the filling!  Place lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core apples and thinly slice crosswise, tossing with lemon juice as you work. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt to bowl and toss to combine.
  5. Fill bottom crust with apple mixture and lightly brush edge of crust with water. Place top crust over filling and press all around the edge to seal. Using kitchen shears, trim to a 1-inch overhang and fold the crust under itself to form a rim.  Brush the top of the pie with a beaten whole egg.
  6. With a paring knife, cut a few small slits in the center of pie and place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees and then reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake 45 minutes more, or until crust is golden brown.  If the edge browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Let cool completely on a wire rack, at least 4 hours (or up to overnight) before serving.
Hope everyone enjoyed their post-Thanksgiving turkey comas!  I had a lovely mini-vacation filled with family, friends, a chilly hike in the Adirondacks and an equally chilly turkey trot.  Wrapped up nicely with a birthday feast of Indian food and chocolate-dipped cannoli.  I want to show you one of my birthday presents that I think you'll just love.  Oh, and I also want to show you what I bought at the Tight Knit Handmade Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.  Hint:  a terrarium!


    1. Really, you think it's hard? I think it's one of the easier things to make (yes, a bit flakey and doesn't really stick together, but that's what makes it AWESOME!). I don't even use food processor - just my great-grandma's pastry blade and my fingers. My recipe is a bit different than yours, so that could do it, too. ANYWAY - IT LOOKS FANTASTIC, and you already know my sentiments about cheese and pie (A pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze, afteral).

    2. Maybe it would seem less daunting if I had more than 16 sq feet of walkable kitchen space and more than 2 sq feet of counter space ;)

    3. Happy birthday Christine!

    4. This looks absolutely delishhhh! I must admit I am sold on ready made pie crusts...just saying I love the ease. :)

    5. Yes, I certainly don't miss apartment living. Also, you look frickin adorable/gorgeous in that photo.

    6. Another amazing work of art your tiny kitchen! Cheese & Apple Pie,… kind of goes together like peas and carrots :)


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