I love blogs that share recipes. I especially loves blogs that have recipes and pictures of the food. One of my favourites is JustJenn. Her cupcakes make me drool (heh, that sounds dirty.)
I took pictures of the apple pie making process last weekend and S laughed at me the whole time. He knows I have a blog. He's completely uninterested in reading it or any other blog for that matter. He doesn't understand why I love blogs. I don't understand why he doesn't. Anyway, can someone please prove him wrong and tell me how interested you are in the pie making process and how grateful you are that I'm sharing a (semi)secret family recipe? Anyone?
Apple Pie with Crumbly Cheese Topping
I used a mix of 4 different apples: (from left to right) golden delicious, granny smith, braeburn and fuji.
I used 6 golden delicious and 3 each of the other apples. I ended up with way too many apples. Next time I'd probably cut back to about 10 apples total.
I sliced the granny smith into thinner, smaller slices than the rest of the apples. They're crunchier than the other apples so if you make them the same size as the other apple slices you end up with crunchy apples in your pie.
Lemon zest is what makes this pie amazing. It adds an element of freshness to the pie. This is the zest of 2 lemons.
Add 2 cups sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix it until the juice from the apples makes the dry bits stick to the apple bits.
Pile it into 2 unbaked pie crusts. Are you wondering why I go to all the trouble of making homemade pie filling but still use store bought pastry? Shortening freaks me out. It's gross and unnatural. Also? I'm lazy. Don't judge me.
For the topping, mix together 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 cup shredded cheese (use the smallest size grater you have.)
Mix it together until it looks like this.
Pile on top of the apples, making sure no apples are exposed.
Bake in a preheated 400degree oven for 40 minutes. I always bake the pies on a baking sheet to catch the juice that inevitably spills over the edge. The top looks a bit burnt in this picture but it tastes best that way.
Serve with a scoop of ice cream or, if you're pretending to be on a diet like I am, frozen yogurt.