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Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust


Cheddar in the pie dough and fresh apples in the filling give this dessert a rustic charm.

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  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: One 11-inch crostata

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010


For the Crust

  • 1 disk Cheddar Pie Dough
  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
  • Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling

For the Filling

  • 2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Gala, plus 2 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves, warmed


  1. Make the crust: Roll out dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  2. Make the filling: Toss together apples, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold edges in to form a crust; brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Refrigerate until edges are firm, about 30 minutes.

  4. Bake crostata until apples are tender and crust is golden, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Brush apples with apricot preserves.

Cook's Notes

Serving Idea: Farmhouse-style cheddar cheese pairs well with this crostata.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Posette
    25 DEC, 2011
    I made this last night (Christmas Eve) for eating after opening gifts. Served with the Cheddar and sparkling French apple cider. It was absolutely amazing. I've been experimenting with apple pie recipes for a while, searching for a really good one. This is the absolute best. It's not difficult and it really looks special! Love the fact that the crust recipe produces enough for another crostata.
  • jfloria
    25 NOV, 2011
    Awesome and fairly easy to make! I ended up only baking mine for about 50 minutes because the apples started to char a bit like the previous reviewer wrote. I might've made the pie a little thinner than the recipe said but it still turned out well. Was a big hit at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • AbbeyMack
    18 SEP, 2011
    5 STARS! I am a novice in the kitchen but this recipe inspired me. I gave it a try for our family's Thanksgiving Dinner and it was a HIT! I came out looking just like the pictures and tasted phenomenal! No one believed that I was just a beginner!
  • hannahbean
    25 NOV, 2010
    This pie is great! While you're baking, keep a close eye on the oven so that the sugared crust and top apples don't char. I would suggest turning the heat down a bit for the last 30 minutes.