Apple Pie with Cheese Pastry

This is an old Saxon proverb and they certainly knew what they were talking about. This pure apple pie is complemented by the best ever pastry. The old combination of cheese and apple makes absolute sense and, believe me, is wonderful. Use Cox’s or Braeburn apples for flavor and because they hold their shape and a good cooking apple to make the delicious sauce.

Reprinted with permission from the publisher, Octopus Publishing, from Pie by Angela Boggiano. Mitchell Beazley 2013.

Apple Pie with Cheese Pastry

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    Ingredients

    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup finely grated mature Cheddar cheese
    1 1/3 cup superfine sugar, divided, plus extra for dusting 4 large cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
    1 1/4 sticks butter, cubed 1/2 lb. Cox's or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and chopped
    2 egg yolks juice of 1/2 lemon

    directions

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    • 1

      Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center and tip in 2/3 cup sugar. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg yolks and cheese, adding a little water if the mixture seems too dry. Use your hands to form the mixture into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

    • 2

      Place the apples in a saucepan with the remaining 2/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp water and cook for about 15 minutes until softened. Leave to cool.

    • 3

      Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a sturdy baking sheet in the oven to heat. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to 1/ 4in/5mm thick to fit a 9in/23cm pie pan or plate. Fill with the cooled apple mixture.

    • 4

      Roll out the remaining pastry to make the lid. Brush the edges of the pastry shell with water and top with the lid, pressing down to seal. Trim with a knife to make a neat edge and crimp the edges with your fingertips, if you like. Make a hole in the top of the pastry and dust with superfine sugar. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25–30 minutes until golden. Leave to stand for about 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving with cream.

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