Monday, October 29, 2007

Jac'y's Apple Pie


This sounds strange to some people, an apple pie with a cheddar cheese pastry crust. But it is delicious. My family used to have this once a month, usually with vanilla ice cream.


Pastry:

3 cups flour, pastry or all-purpose
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup finely grated mature cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
5-6 tbsp. cold water
Put shortening and grated cheddar in food processor and mix until cheese and shortening are well-blended. Refrigerate mixture one half hour. Mix flour and salt. Cut shortening mixture into flour mixture until it is pea-sized. Add cold water one tbsp at a time until the mixture sticks together without crumbling. Refrigerate one hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Form two portions, and roll each one out until it is large enough for a 9" pie pan.
Filling:

7 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into slices.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. flour
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add apple slices and mix until they are all well-coated. Pour into pie plate and cover with top crust.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake 25-30 minutes or until crust is light brown.

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”
Jane Austen

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