If super sweet desserts are not your thing, then you will love this semi-savory dessert. Chef Fabio Viviani gives the apple pie a twist by adding cheese and he says, “You’re welcome!” This apple pie with cheddar cheese was featured on Home & Family, which airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. I was given permission to share the cheddar apple pie recipe with you here.
Fabio Viviani’s Cheddar Apple Pie Recipe
Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee
Chef Fabio Viviani sure to get your taste buds going with this sweet and savory dessert. Apple pie with cheddar cheese is going to be a new favorite and you may like to enjoy it with a glass of white wine as well!
Where did apple pie with cheddar cheese originate?
Cheddar cheese originated in England and that is also where the idea to pair cheddar cheese with apple pie comes from. Just think of how a charcuterie board pairs seasonal fruits with the perfect cheeses for amazing flavor combinations. Well, fresh tart and sweet apple goes amazing with a sharp but still creamy slice of cheddar cheese. This cheddar apple pie is sure to make your taste buds happy!
How To Make Apple Pie With Cheddar Cheese
You can make a pie crust with Chef Fabio Viviani’s recipe (or use a store bought pie crust).
Ingredients for Savory Pie Dough
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into tiny cubes
- 1⁄4 cup ice water
Directions for Homemade Pie Dough
1) Combine the flour, salt, nutmeg, and butter in a food processor and pulse together until the mixture has the consistency of wet sand. Drizzle in the water until a ball of dough forms.
2) Take out the dough, pressing any loose bits onto the ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to use.
3) Then, on a lightly floured work surface, work the dough in 2 separate balls and roll until wide enough to be able to cut a circle from each round about 12 inches in diameter.
4. Place one round in the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch springform pan; the edges will come up the sides and that’s ok. Refrigerate the dough-lined pan, and the other dough circle for at least 15 minutes.
Next, prepare the filling.
Ingredients for Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie Filling
- 1 recipe Fabio’s Savory Pie Dough
- 15 medium green sour apples (granny smith work well)
- Juice of 3 limes
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup grated grana padano cheese (similar to Parmigiano Reggiano or “parmesan” cheese)
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 egg yolks, beaten with 3 tablespoons water
Directions for Apple Pie With Cheddar Cheese
1) Preheat the oven to 450 F
2) Peel and core the apples and cut them into 1⁄4 inch thick slices. Toss them with the lime juice.
3) In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg.
4) Add the mixture to the apples and mix well, making sure that all the dry ingredients are absorbed by the lime juice. Let rest for 15 minutes.
5) Put the apple filling into the pie pan and flatten it with our hand a bit. Sprinkle the butter, cheddar cheese, and grana padano on top of the apples and top with the other circle of dough, tucking it in to form a kind of dough package around the apples.
6) Using a paring a knife, cut several steam vents on top of dough. Lightly brush surface with egg wash.
7) Bake the pie for about 15-20 minutes until the top crust starts to get lightly browned.
8) Reduce the over to 350F, rotate the pie, and continue baking until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling, about 1 1⁄4 hours.
9) Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving. Serve sprinkled with more grana padano if desired and/or with whip cream.
Printable Recipe Card For Cheddar Apple Pie
Apple pie with cheddar cheese is a classic combination that has been enjoyed by many people. The sweetness of the apple pie pairs well with the savory and slightly tangy flavor of cheddar cheese. Some people like to serve a slice of apple pie with a side of cheddar cheese or even melt the cheese on top of the warm pie. This recipe for Cheddar cheese apple pie rolls it all into one tasty dish! I bet you love the combination of sweet and savory flavors. The contrast in taste and texture can be a delightful experience for your taste buds.
Do you like a semi savory dessert? Do you think you will try this Cheddar Apple Pie recipe from Chef Viviani?