Cheddar Apple Pie

David Burke Kitchen


For Grandma Young's Vodka Soda Pie Crust

  • 1 Pound  cold butter
  • 1 3/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  chilled vodka
  • 1/2 Cup  soda water
  • 1/8 Cup  sugar
  •  Pinch of  salt

For the apple filling

  • 12  Granny Smith apples, cored, quartered, and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  •   Zest and juice from 2 lemons
  • sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup  dark brown sugar
  •  Pinch of  salt
  • 3 Ounces  bourbon
  • 1/4 Cup  flour
  • 2 Ounces  aged Cheddar cheese

This is, hands down, the best apple pie recipe ever. I know it doesn't seem like it makes sense at first glance, but I promise you you'll never want to enjoy an apple pie without Cheddar cheese again. 


For Grandma Young's Vodka Soda Pie Crust

Cut the butter into ¼ inch cubes. With your fingers, blend the butter into the flour, sugar, and salt until it becmoes pea-sized granules. Mix in the vodka and soda water. Divide the dough into two disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to use. 

For the apple filling

Toss the apples in the zest and juice. In a large sauce pan, cook the butter until brown and nutty. Add the apples and stir. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the apples are al dente. Don’t over cook. Pour filling onto sheet pan and let cool to at least room temperature

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Roll out one disk of dough into a 16 inch circle that is ¼ inch thick. Line a deep-fluted-removable bottom tart pan with dough. Trim the top so that the dough is flush. Fill with the apples. Roll the second dish of dough to a 14 inch by 20 inch rectangle and cut into 1 inch strips to make a lattice on the top of the pie. Bake 1 hour. Remove the pie from the oven and grate 2 ounces of aged Cheddar cheese with a microplane over the top. Bake for 10 minutes more to brown the cheese.


Calories per serving:

1,104 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 576g 886%
  • Carbs 780g 260%
  • Saturated 361g 1,803%
  • Fiber 57g 230%
  • Trans 23g
  • Sugars 510g
  • Monounsaturated 148g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 52g 104%
  • Cholesterol 1,519mg 506%
  • Sodium 870mg 36%
  • Calcium 993mg 99%
  • Magnesium 222mg 56%
  • Potassium 3,234mg 92%
  • Iron 16mg 88%
  • Zinc 6mg 38%
  • Phosphorus 966mg 138%
  • Vitamin A 4,819µg 535%
  • Vitamin C 61mg 102%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 148%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 130%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 78%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 69%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 521µg 130%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 28%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 21mg 103%
  • Vitamin K 77µg 96%
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