Cinnamon Apple Pie With Cheddar Crust

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by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Everyone knows the familiar crunch of a good apple – the skin snaps with every bite and sweet juice runs down your chin. Baked into a pie, peeled slices become exquisitely tender with a delicate flavor that’s enhanced by autumn spices. This all-American dessert showcases the top fruit of the season, tucked into a hearty cheddar crust. With a unique layering technique, every bite is full of adventurous texture, and the warm, baked-cheese crust unexpectedly complements the sweetness!

Cheddar-Crust Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie With Cheddar Crust

Makes 1 pie


Cheddar Crust
¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¾ cup sugar
6-8 tablespoons milk, cold
2-½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
1 tsp. sea salt
2 egg yolks
1 egg for wash, beaten with 1Tbsp. of water 

Apple filling
11 cups apples*, cored and thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. Frontier® vanilla extract
1 tsp. Frontier® cinnamon
½ tsp. Frontier® ground ginger
⅛ tsp. Frontier® ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp. Frontier® ground cloves
½ cup, plus 2 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
½ cup plus 2 tsp. sugar
½ cup brown sugar

*Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples work well.




  1. In food processor, combine all dry crust ingredients and butter. Pulse until coarse and pea-sized (about 6 to 8 pulses). Add egg yolks and milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture clumps and dough sticks together when pinched. (Note: Be careful not to add too much milk.)
  2. Place dough on floured surface and work into two discs. (Note: Do not over knead). Dust each disc with flour, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour (or up to 2 days. Dough may also be frozen).
  3. Remove dough from fridge and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle rolling pin and surface with flour and roll out dough to 12” circles, about 1/8” thickness.
  4. Arrange dough in greased pie plate, pressing down firmly and cutting edges to fit. Carefully pinch edges along rim to shape.
  5. Use knife (or pie crust cutter) to cut pattern in second disc and set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. For filling, mix together sugars, spices, apples and lemon juice and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Add mixture to crust (including juices). Place butter across top of filling, then top with second dough disc.
  4. Bake pie for 15 mintues, then remove from oven and brush with egg/water mixture. Sprinke with remaining sugar.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking pie about 35 additional minutes, until crust is golden.
  6. Let pie cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.