Cheesy Apple Pie

Cheesy Apple Pie (click through for recipe)I think I might be starting a new autumn tradition. Every year I’d like to make a different apple pie. I don’t have any ideas yet for next year. So who knows how long this will go on. But, I rarely like making the same thing more than a few times. I had been planning to make my spiced bourbon apple pie from last year, but then I just felt like trying something else. I think I get it from my mom. She’s the ultimate kitchen experimenter. 2013 Apple Pie!This idea is heavily influenced by two things: this cheese fondue and old episodes of Pushing Daisies. I just love the combination of gruyere cheese and sour apples. Love it! And, in case you aren’t familiar with the show Pushing Daisies I’ll just say it was one of the cutest shows of all time and featured a mystery-solving pie maker. Anyway, in one episode they talk about baking cheese into the crust of a pie. Genius. So I did. And then I added cheese on top. Which is totally optional in case you’re not into it. But it’s totally delicious so you should be into it.My favorite apple pie recipeCheesy Apple Pie Crust

2 cups flour
5 ounces shredded gruyere cheese
12 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (cold) water

First shred the gruyere cheese. If you’re lazy, like me, you can do this in a food processor. Now, in a food processor, combine the cheese, flour, and cold butter. Cube the butter first. Pulse until crumbly. Now with the processor on low, pour the cold water in through the top opening and keep mixing until a dough forms. This will only take a minute or two. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours (up to overnight).  Autumn tradition-baking apple pieCheesy apple pieCheesy Apple Pie filling

5-6 apples (Granny Smith preferred)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg
3 ounces shredded gruyere cheese for the top (optional)

Peel and cut the apples into small bite-sized pieces. In a bowl combine the milk, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Whisk so it is well combined and the cornstarch doesn’t clump together. Add the apples to the bowl and stir so that every piece gets coated in the mixture.

Divide the dough in half and roll out for the top and bottom crusts. This dough is a little tougher to roll out due to all the cheese (I think). So set the dough out on the counter for 10-15 minutes before you roll it out. Place the bottom crust in a buttered pie dish. Fill with the apple mixture. Cut the tablespoon of butter into four pieces and distribute over the top of the apples. Cover with the top crust and roll up the edges. Cut 3-4 small slits in the top of the pie, so air can escape as it bakes. Brush with one whisked egg (optional). Bake at 375°F for 50 minutes. During the last five minutes of baking add the cheese on top if using. Try this-cheesy apple pieYou’re going love this crust. It adds just a little touch of cheesy, savoriness to an awesome apple pie. Try it. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits// Author and Photos: Emma Chapman

  • Oh my gouda. This looks extraordinary. I think I’m going crazy, but I can actually smell it!

    ☯ Carmen

  • I just made this pie tonight and it was a complete hit – smelled delicious, tasted great, friends went back for seconds, and it wasn’t overly difficult to do. Made all the more wonderful by how much I also enjoyed pushing daisies. If only I could have Chucks dresses now!

  • Caroline,
    I’ve always used a pastry blender instead of a food processor. It’s a small tool you can get for cheap, you will use some muscle though!

  • Pushing Daisies is one of my all-time favorite shows. And I love the idea of this recipe. I really need to start baking more pies. I love pie. So much better than cake.

  • Love apples & cheese!!! This is because of my grandma. Whenever she serves apple pie, she does so with cheddar cheese, and always ALWAYS says, adorably, “Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.”

    How cute is that?

  • Just made your Spiced Bourbon Apple Pie. YUM! It was “semi-homemade” as I used TJ’s pie crust. I also don’t have a food processor for homemade crusts…any way around that?

    I live in San Diego and although I love the weather, I miss the East Coast fall season! You guys have totally put me in the fall spirit! 🙂

  • I just tried this… And I love it. I was a little apprehensive about the cheese, but this. is. delicious.

  • Hmm I’m not sure about cheese and apples but would love to try it one day!

    Lulu xx

  • Hmmm, beforte this post I was not sure about the combination of cheese and apple but this looks really good.

  • Ooh apple and cheese, such a great combination! I want to make cheese and apple scones soon =)

  • I love apple pie, in all shapes and forms and I think I just found another recipe for us to try. Since my husband is in charge of making apple pies (American way, anyway) I think I will be sending him this way for inspiration.

  • Oh wow that is so different but I just might give it a shot

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  • I have heard SO much about apple pie with cheese, but I have never tried it – I think I might have to!

    Stephanie May*

  • I am so going to try this. What a good Idea 🙂 I love the combination of savory and sweet goods.

  • Love apple pie so much, super curious about how it would taste with cheese now just can’t imagine it, will definitely be trying xx Emmi

  • I like it !

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  • YUM! Such a delicious miracle, the way cheese and apple pair so beautifully together

  • I LOVE Pushing Daisies and I have been dreaming of making the cheese crust pie into a reality for years as well. Maybe I will finally do it now!

  • Looks yummy! will try it over the coming weekend!

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  • This looks amazing!! I loved that episode of Pushing Daisies!

  • I loved Pushing Daisies! So cute! I always wanted to try making a pie with gruyere, but then never did and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Ooh! I love all the cheese. Maybe I’ll take a tip from you. I’ve been wanting to do some cheesy pies for my blog. I do a new pie every week. You might find some apple-y inspiration there:

  • These foods items are looking really too much yummy. I just love to eat these type of foods.

  • My in-laws have a pie contest every thanksgiving, so now I know what I’m going to enter this year… Yum! Can’t wait 😀

  • You should look up a sour cream apple pie recipe. Seriously my favorite apple pie of all time! Everyone is usually hesitant about trying it, but once they taste it they’re hooked. I make one at least once a year. Love that you were influenced by Pushing Daisies. It was a really cute show. Thanks for sharing your experiment! You can never go wrong with pie or cheese. Both are equally amazing.

  • Wow, I love sweet and looks so yummy.. Have a nice day.

  • This looks great! Such a fun pairing! I recently made a whiskey apple pie, but this looks like another fun option to try! 🙂

  • Don’t think I’d be brave enough to top the pie with cheese, but I’ll give the cheese crust a go! I love that as Autumn fast approaches, everyone is upping their baking game!

  • I admit, I never would have done this, but it does look cool. Maybe I’ll be brave and give it a go?

  • Nice! My husband’s family has a funny saying about their pies + cheese: “A pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze.” 😀 This looks delicious…I will definitely have to try it!

  • oh I love an apple pie and this looks lovely!

  • Yumm, what an interesting combination!

  • I will try this as soon as possible!

    It looks like heaven!!!

    Love from Germany and have a wonderful weekend:


  • yes this reminded me immediately of pushing daisieeeeees!!! i am still so heartbroken that they cancelled that show.

  • Wow, that looks sooo yummy! That kind of reminds me of the german “Apfelstrudel” 🙂

  • Oh wow! I never would have thought to put cheese and apples together but this just looks and sounds delicious!

  • Wow, another fan of Pushing Daisies! If I could wish for one thing, it would be to revive that show. It was the sweetest show I ever saw and I always wanted to try the cheese crust pie, too!

  • IT’S A PIZZA PIE! (that’s only funny if you say it out loud and with an Italian accent)

  • I LOVE PUSHING DAISIES!!! Such a great show!!! And I have been searching for a recipe that uses cheese in the crust since then! This is perfect!


  • Is there a way to make the crust sans food processor? As a college student, I don’t really have that kind of appliance in my kitchen yet, but this looks divine and I would love to make it!

  • Yum!! And here I thought it was a quirky Canadian thing to love cheese with our apple pies. Happy to know we’re not alone 🙂

  • I put cheddar slices on my Apple pie at thanksgiving and my family thinks I’m Cray. I’m definitely baking this pie come November. Proof that the Apple+cheese combo is PERFECTION! So excited! Thanks for the idea(:

  • YES!! I love that show and I was always curious about how an apple gruyere pie would actually taste! I’m so glad you tested it out and put up a recipe so I can live out the show a little.

  • This looks amazing. I love Pushing Daisies and I always thought that particular pie sounded delicious!

  • I’m a total baking novice, so I’m already expecting to fail in case I do end up trying this… BUT EMMA, I LOVED PUSHING DAISIES TOO. I’m so passionate about telling you that that I had to type it in all caps.

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