Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie
Cheddar cheese is a popular complement to apples. Cutting steam vents in the top crust allows excess moisture to escape and lets you see the juices bubbling.
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 recipe Cheddar Double Pie Crust Variation
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 pounds Granny Smith apples
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with rack in lowest position. On a floured piece of parchment paper, roll each disk of dough to a 14-inch round with a floured rolling pin. Transfer one round to a baking sheet for top crust; refrigerate. Wrap second round of dough around rolling pin; unroll over a 9-inch pie plate for bottom crust. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate (don't stretch dough).
Place lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core apples; thinly slice crosswise, tossing with lemon juice as you work. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt to bowl; toss to combine.
Fill bottom crust with apple mixture; lightly brush edge of crust with water. Place top crust over filling; press all around edge to seal with bottom crust. Using kitchen shears, trim to a 1-inch overhang; fold under itself to form a rim, and press to seal. Using thumb and forefinger, crimp rim.
With a paring knife, cut five small slits in the center of pie; place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes; reduce heat to 375 degrees, and bake until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling, 45 to 60 minutes more. If rim browns too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil. Let cool completely on a wire rack, at least 4 hours (or up to overnight) before serving.