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Hi Bold Bakers!
WHAT YOU GET: Delicious apple pie filling is baked in a salty cheddar cheese crust in my homemade Apple Cheddar Pie recipe, satisfying your sweet and savory cravings at the same time.
Apples and cheddar cheese don’t have to just go on a cheeseboard anymore — the delicious combination now comes together in my homemade Apple Cheddar Pie!
With fall on its way, I’ve been in the mood for apple desserts, but I didn’t want just a classic apple pie (although there is always a time and place for that!) While thinking about different flavor profiles and why I love them so much together, I started to think about how well cheese and apples go together, and bam! My apple cheese pie recipe was born!
If you’ve never had apples with slices of good, sharp cheddar cheese, you might be raising your eyebrow at this recipe. But believe me when I say sweet-tart, crisp apples were made to be eaten with creamy, salty cheese — and those flavors lend themselves perfectly to sweet, warm, cinnamony apple pie filling and the perfectly crumbly, buttery, cheesy crust of this pie.
What Type Of Apples Are Best For Apple Pie?
If you ask me, the best apples for baking are Granny Smith apples. They’re a nice, tart apple, which I like as a balance to the sweetness of the desserts I make. Granny Smith apples are also crisp and keep their shape while baking instead of turning to mush!
However, if you prefer another baking apple, go for it! Besides Granny Smith apples, some of the best baking apples are Braeburn, Cortlands, Empire, Fuji, and Honeycrisps.
What Cheese Goes With Apple Pie?
Some people have been serving their apple pie with cheese for as long as they can remember, but for others, it’s a new concept. For the crust of the cheddar apple pie, I like to use a good quality, extra sharp cheddar, so I can really taste the buttery, salty cheese.
The brands that I like that you’ll likely be able to find in your supermarket are Kerrygold, Cabot, and Tillamook. But feel free to use your favorite sharp cheddar!
What Does Apple Cheddar Pie Taste Like?
This homemade apple pie with cheddar is a bit more complex than traditional apple pie. Instead of a fairly less-than-sweet crust that helps tone down the sweet and warmly spiced filling, the crust for this pie is buttery, flakey, salty, and a tad savory.
This pie is mostly sweet, but the hidden touch of savory is such a show-stopper! And don’t worry, it does not taste overly cheesy — you won’t get any cheese pulls when you slice into this pie. It’s the perfect touch and the perfect amount.
Tools You Need To Make Cheddar Apple Pie
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Homemade Apple Cheddar Pie
- Be sure to use good quality, extra sharp cheddar cheese for the best flavor.
- I like Granny Smith apples for pies because their tart flavor and firm texture hold up well in baking, but you can use any variety you prefer.
- Always bake fruit pie on a baking sheet to catch any dripping juices.
- The cheese in the crust will brown quickly before the apples are done, so watch carefully. If it threatens to get too dark, put a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pie until the apples are bubbling.
- You can make this crust without the sugar and use it for my Chorizo Hand Pies.
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